Welcome to the Poetic Alchemist

Welcome to my new poetry blog.

Why give a poetry blog the name Poetic Alchemist? For me, writing poetry is an act of alchemy. Most poets turn alchemist in mixing and blending words to create a poem. Successful poems seem to contain magic, which the poet some times intentionally salts the poem with, but even more often, the magic simply appears like an unexpected rabbit drawn from the poet’s hat.

Successful poetry speaks to the reader from the inside out. That is the beauty and mystery of poetry. Some poems seem even to possess you with unshakeable images and feelings.  Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken has always hit me like a ton of bricks. In this poem, Frost gives image to a feeling inside me about the choices I have made in my own life about my work, relationships, and other things. It helps me to see how I am. That is very powerful!

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
And sorry I could not travel both 
And be one traveler, long I stood 
And looked down one as far as I could 
To where it bent in the undergrowth;               

Then took the other, as just as fair, 
And having perhaps the better claim, 
Because it was grassy and wanted wear; 
Though as for that the passing there 
Had worn them really about the same,               

And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black. 
Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way, 
I doubted if I should ever come back.               

I shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- 
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.

I hope you enjoy the poetry brewed here at Poetic Alchemist.

May you live a poetic life!

Don Iannone

13 thoughts on “Welcome to the Poetic Alchemist

  1. Thanks Gautami, Andrew and Brenda. Glad the three of you found your way here.

    Andrew, had to use a little humor to end Conscious Living. After all, humor too is a part of being conscious in life.

    Brenda, good hearing from you. I will link your new poetry site. And thanks for your comments.

    Gautamin, yes, you’re right, we need change at times. It was time for a new one…new scenery so to speak.

  2. Oh. I’m so excited because I can comment again! I linked to you on my newish poetry blog peripherypoem.com, but I wasn’t sure you’d seen it 🙂 I’ll change the link to this site instead. I love the new look! And thank you Don for all your kind comments on my now-defunct blog LPH. I appreciated them (some of them I think got blocked by spam blockers–sorry for that!)

  3. Thanks Polona. Hopefully folks find their way over to the new one. I felt like a change.

  4. Kai…Thanks so much.

    I decided to migrate over to WordPress because it offers greater design options and I had been on Blogger for over 4 years. I will keep the old poetry site in place though.

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