Monday, September 19, 2011

The Window To The World on Life of A Poet Week 1 on MC

Image Credit: Mandy C. The Poet

Hello, welcome to Thursday Poets Rally The Window to The World on Life of A Poet Week 1, Today we are going to meet a freelance artist who resides in the U. S. Please take your time and read about what she thinks, hope that you enjoy a beautiful day...

This is a biweekly feature, next post is October 3, 2011...

Can you tell us about yourself?

I'm a traveler on the journey to learn to be a better writer.  One day I hope to become published, but I have a long way to go to get there.  I believe in trying my best everyday and working toward a goal.  There aren't many facts that I wish to say about myself because I already pour my heart out in my writing.

Which country do you live in now? What’s your profession? be general, no need to specify your location...

I live in the United States and I'm a freelance artist.

We’re happy that you have been part of Poets Rally as a participant, what has driven you to where you are in this particular community? 

Poets Rally is such a splendid place.  I get a lot of input about my poetry from other participants and I get to explore new work.  I suppose the spirit of the Rally is what drives me to be a part of the community.

How long have you been blogging? Do you think being part of a poetry community contributes to your creative writing?

I believe my first post on my blog was April 2009 so that's a little over two years.  However I didn't take blogging as seriously in the beginning as I do now.  Being part of a poetry community motivates me to write poetry more often. 

Why poetry? Do you write fiction too?

I actually wrote prose before poetry.  I suppose I decided to try poetry to expand the breadth of my writing.  I love writing both, and I couldn't say which one I like better because to me their so different.  I see prose as more of a method of story telling and poetry as raw exposure of thoughts and feelings. 

Please share 3 to 5 blog links you enjoy reading most, give 1 or 2 sentences to tell why you love their creative process.

 1. Writer Unboxed:
Their posts about writing are so informative and helpful.  I enjoy how they have such a diverse pool of guest bloggers.
A recent favorite of mine.  His witty little rhymes are so silly but entertaining, and often times have an underlying meaning. 
This blogger is just so original and devoted to what he does.  I particularly like his first chapter series in which he takes the first chapter of a book and dissects it to see what we as writer's can learn.
4.  Out of My Ocean:
Her use of imagery in her poetry is flat out amazing.  Just go and read, I can't do it justice.

How do you know when a poem is done? your own experiences need to be shared here...

Hmmmm... I've never tried to formulate this into words before.  It's mostly a gut feeling.  I'll read through the poem and if I can see the whole idea I'm trying to convey in the words I've written I know I'm done.

How do you decide when a poem is "good"? Do you redo your own poems after they’re posted? it could be poem someone else written...

A good poem reads smoothly. It just rolls off the tongue like a breath of air.  I especially admire poems set to rhyme that also do this.  However, I've been growing more and more fond of free verse.  I've never changed a poem after it was posted, except to correct some sly typo,

Do you think music and poetry are related? Why?

Music is poetry set to a tune.  Well, any music worth listening to that is.
What issues are close to your heart? Women’s rights, child abuses, etc.…name one…

The freedom for the pursuit of happiness.

What’s your other hobbies besides writing? Do you have pets? Give us a picture if you own a pet.

Drawing, photography, and philosophy.

Please list your blog links below, list one or two poems that best represent your poetry talent, Thanks in advance.

Poem 1:

There is some trouble in the near distance
The assault can be seen coming your way
Eyes are searching for the guilty to blame
Feeling the shame, you deny it away
There have been many mistakes on your part
But the things done are not so worrisome
As admitting it to yourself or others
You rather degrade another to scum
When they aren’t enough you use you own self
The fire of self-deceit grows within
And starts feverishly consuming you
Using who you are to cover its skin
It takes your slightest flaws and grows them tall
And they become martyrs of your failure
You hold yourself liable for nothing
Because you can’t help your human nature
As you stoop lower for any excuse
You start to do what you aimed to avoid
The justifications start to become truths
And confidence crumbles and is destroyed

Poem 2: 

I am one single person
Who lives in a city
One of billions on Earth
Making me itty bitty
I don't even make a percent
In the population
I won't be a spot on a map
At any location
What is it to be somebody?
or a celebrity
People love then hate me until
I'm an old memory
The prize of public opinion
Is just unfulfilling
I'd rather be happy of things
Like a person smiling
I would like to change the world
So it's a kinder place
I'm too small, but I'll hold my piece
with a loving embrace
In my little piece of the world
I help my family
And support those I care about
In any catastrophe.

 check out her original poems via the link below please:


Morning said...

interesting interview.

The Poetry Palace said...

glad to have you, Mandy!

M.C. said...

Glad to be a part of such a great community :)

mooderino said...

Ooh, thanks for the mention, always nice to get a name check.

Moody Writing

Susannah said...

Great interview. I enjoyed reading more about you Mandy and I'm with you "The freedom for the pursuit of happiness." - Well said! :-)

Thanks also for mentioning my blog Out of my Ocean, that made my day! x

A lovely interview from the poetry palace.

Anonymous said...

cheers for the mention :)

Old Raven said...

This is a delightful interview. I truly enjoyed it. Your poetry is invigorating ... thoughtful and self-analytical.

Anonymous said...

all done - cheers!