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Why write poetry, Poet?
I write poetry because I would like to leave a legacy to my children, and indeed their children.
I think that if I were to attempt a novel my children would not see a completed work and I would leave them nothing.
Besides I feel poetry allows the author to explore many varied subjects and the reader is able to gauge and piece together the author's psyche and make an educated guess at "who" the author is as a person.
That, essentially is why this poet writes poems. Please be advised that I regard all my poetry as works in progress and I welcome all criticism - however abrasive. If it's constructive, then bring it on!
How did you get started writing poetry?
My first poem "Tanja" was when I did my dutiful father thing when my middle daughter was being taught to swim.
She was such a cheat! I felt she had to be shown in "nice words" that she wasn't really trying and it worked.
She now swims, which is such a relief to me, as her father.
That, basically, is how I got started, as I had a lot of time on my hands when she was at her lessons!
Who are your influences?
I have no influences at all! I know very few famous poets and even fewer of their works.
But I believe that everyone has a poem in them, or rather about them.
My family give me ideas and direction so I suppose, if anyone, they are my influences.
I did, as part of my schooling curriculum, read some poetry in my earlier years and found some of it very creative and inventive.
Some however, left me wondering what all the fuss was about. Even now the acclaimed "genius" of some poets escapes me. You see, I am quite a simple soul.
What is your favourite poetic verse?
Before you die you should read "The Almond Tree" by John Stallworthy! If ever you doubted poetry's value in the world, read that.
As I have stated above I don't really have any poets who have influenced me, however, that poem, read under duress at school, will make a grown man cry.
"The Almond Tree" is a must read poem for all poets everywhere.
It is poetry at its absolute emotional peak and its impact will never diminish, no matter how many times you read it.
If I could write like that I would die a happy man. READ IT!!
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
Jenny Geddes (c.1600 - 1660) An Edinburgh stall-holder, famous for a solitary act of defiance. She threw a stool at the Bishop in St. Giles in protest at the introduction of the much resented English prayer book, which was regarded as Roman Catholic by Scottish Presbyterians. Her words were 'Thou false thief; dost thou say Mass at ma lug?'