The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – Context & Audience?

I’ve spend the last ten minutes searching for motivation to write today’s Question.


Google, to be specific.

Yesterday I had been inspired by a picture and quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald that my nightly pre-bed stumble around the internet surfaced.

F. Scott

…But the problem quickly became that I had nothing to say.  Well, nothing of value anyway.  And, let’s be honest, this blog has addressed Writer’s Block enough times. (however, I think you will find soon that the topic I came up with is none too original either)

Short story long, I went to Google to try to find this picture and found myself less than inspired, and so I started Googling randomly in the ever evasive search for motivation.  Finally, I decided to see if or page came up if I searched “Questions about poetry”.

It didn’t.  Sadly.  Billy Collins’s Questions About Angels did, though, so that’s good.

I also found a few professor’s Poetry Questions for Eng 101 type classes and found a similarity in the first two questions often asked.

1. Who is the author?

2. Who is the audience or person addressed?

Hi, I’m Jamaal.  32 year old Theatre Arts teacher and director in Des Moines, Iowa.  I’m from Oregon.  I’m awesome.

(if you want to know more about me, read “What’s in a Name?” or “Can I Quote You on That?”)

Chris is our founder and also an author, he has a lot of tattoos, a neckbeard, and is a great singer/musician.  Doran is the kind of guy who would love to pilot a single prop plane  from somewhere you can’t find on a map with a bumper sticker that says “Dog is my Co-Pilot”.

But who is our audience?  Who is being addressed here?  To borrow from Pirandello, are we Three Authors in Search of an Audience?  In search of character?

The “Likes” indicate we have a decent readership who enjoys our work.  That is good.  No, that is great.  That is what we want… at least, step one.  We also want to create and encourage a dialogue about words and their relevance/usage in the post-modern, perhaps dystopian world we now inhabit.  So, let’s play a game.  No pressure.

I’ve been teaching Theatre Arts I the Rule of 3 recently in regard to comedy and conflict resolution (as characterization or plot advancement), so we will stick with that vein.

QOTD Can you describe yourself in three words?

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

2 comments on “QOTD – Context & Audience?

  1. Christopher Margolin
    November 6, 2013

    I no longer have the neck beard… it’s a full on Portland beard.

    Sardonic, Romantic, Lost.

    Those three describe me best these days.

  2. kiwiskan
    November 6, 2013

    cynical, questioning, found

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