‘Flowering Poverello’ and Research Poetry

Thank you for visiting my poetry blog.

You may also be interested in my sister blog, called The Flowering of Being Human which you can visit here.

If you are interested in the name Flowering Poverello, you need to know that the “Poverello” was a name given to St. Francis of Assisi (“Poverello” means the “little poor man”), a man who explored spirituality, transcendence, compassion and the natural world. Discovering St. Francis and Franciscan spirituality had a major impact on me, spiritually. One of my first collections of poetry, which developed from this discovery, and pre-dated this blog, was called “The Flowering of The Poverello”.

‘St. Francis in Ecstasy’ – Belllini

The life of St. Francis “flowered” in many ways.

Firstly in his life’s mission, mainly, but not exclusively, in Italy. Francis showed the most amazing openness to God and to other people.

Secondly in the Franciscan movement that he founded, and in the millions of people who have been inspired in the last 800 years around the world. For example, the contemporary spiritual writer Richard Rohr is a Franciscan.

Thirdly in texts like “The Little Flowers of St. Francis” or “The Canticle of the Sun”, and the many other writings about St. Francis.  

Fourthly, in my own writing. These, and other texts and art about St. Francis, and other texts and artwork with connections to spirituality, have “flowered” in my own writing. I draw my inspiration as a writer from them.

Research Poetry

A few years ago, I noticed that I was getting inspired to write by what I read.  This is not an uncommon experience for writers, of course, and if it is just copying then of course it is just  plagiarism!

Hoever, T.S. Eliot wrote that:

“…we shall often find that not only the best, but the most individual parts of … work may be those in which the dead poets…assert their immortality most vigorously”

Creativity is not always spontaneous. It can be developed and worked on consciously – I have discovered that I can do something to support my creative work in a structured way.

I read a little each day, and stop when I find a thought stimulating.  I often find that the words I have read are quite poetic, or potentially poetic at least, and they give me a springboard for my own writing. 

In 2018 I decided to call this approach “Research Poetry”.

Thank you again for visiting, and I always value hearing from readers.


Lines from “The Canticle of the Sun”, by Francis of Assisi