It's now officially National Poetry Month and Punk Rock Emily Dickinson (courtesy of Wendy MacNaughton) and I have a lot of ideas in mind to celebrate Poetry in the upcoming 30 days. So we have compiled a list of poetical things we will be doing.
1. Buy a brand new Moleskine. (I got myself a new one, with a black cover, this morning).
2. Write a least a poem every day for the upcoming 30 days. (Must write my first, today).
3. Read at least a poem every day in April.
4. Read a new collection of poems by a poet I've not read yet.
5. Buy a new chapbook (support small presses, please!). dancing girl press by Kristy Bowen has an amazing offer: 3 chapbooks for 10$. Other presses you should sponsor are Juliet Cook's Blood Pudding Press, Margaret Bashaar's Hyacinth Girl Press. Also, you could join the fundraising for the new Hysteria Anthology, edited by E. Kristin Anderson, which will be published by Lucky Bastard Press next May.
6. Buy a new collection (Make a poet a…
I have been writing a few confessional poems lately. It has not been easy. I guess the reasons are at least a couple. The first one is that I find it difficult to talk about myself. But, I also feel that I have reached an age where I can more easily deal with sides of my past that have left a scar. The second reason is that most of the times I end up writing confessional poems as prose poems. I think I am still mastering the art and do not feel always very comfortable with it. This must also be the reason why I choose it. The topics are uncomfortable, and so must be my writing.
If most of the times I write a poem on the spur of the moment, with little if no editing at all, writing a prose poem becomes a real task. I write many drafts. I cut out so much of what I wrote initially and yet these poems end up being much, much longer than my non-prose poems.
I have just finshed writing a poem calledUnter den Linden, as the name of the Avenue leading to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. It de…
Some claim poetry is a muscle that should be exercised on a daily basis. Some poets write every single day of their life. Even my poetry guru does. As much as I admire poets who can achieve this goal, I know it is something that does not work for me and it never will. Inspiration is the key to writing poetry for me. Something must turn me on. When that happens poetry flows and there is no stopping it.