I love writing novels, but my passion is poetry. And while I have two collections of poetry for adults, it wasn't until 2011 that I sold my first poems in the children's market. And one of them -- "You Cannot Measure Courage" -- appears this month in Scholastic's Scope magazine. (It's not the first one I sold, but it's the first one to appear in print!)
The poem was written in response to the documentary film TOUCHING THE VOID, about two climbers on a remote mountain in Peru. After my poem was accepted for publication, the editor asked if I might do a video explaining my approach to the subject. In other words, how does a writer get from point A: raw information, to point B: creative work?
Here's what it's like for me:
And here's the poem:
You Cannot Measure Courage
by Irene Latham
And you cannot
But what if you must?
Click to read the complete poem.
Writers: how do you get from point A to point B?