Like I promised in my post Can’t, I will be doing some interviews with bloggers I know and don’t know about what writing poetry implies, particularly in the blog format.
I’m happy to start the series with Caddo Veil. She’s a prolific haiku writer and quite a regular blogger. I talked to her about what she makes of the entire blogging process.
Why blog poetry?
Blogging poetry allows me to share my writing with a larger audience. It moves the old poems out of the yellowing folder, and motivates me to write every other day, at least.(Interesting…she Writes the poems first, types afterward)
Tell me about your blog journey. What is the difference between then(when you started out) and now?
When I started the blog in August 2011, I figured it would last two weeks, at best. I’ve discovered A LOT, as both the blog and I have grown. It has afforded me opportunity to learn and practise different poetry forms–receive good criticism and encouragement. And it has pushed me, personally, to take more risks with my poetry and sharing about myself.
Many writers say that blogging is counter-productive- if you blog poems you can’t get published….does that bother you?
Blog posting IS Publishing! The satisfaction I receive with the blog outweighs the stress involved with shopping my work to agents/publishers, or marketing myself for self-publication. If you want to make a living at writing, it seems blogging is verboten, at least in the beginning–although I’m idealistic enough to believe that if someone stumbles upon a blog of exceptional writing, there might be a goldmine waiting to be struck–you never know.
Some writers desire to see their work printed and bound, so they must avoid the blog road, I’ve heard. Writers have different goals–having surrendered my youthful dreams, the blog experience is very satisfying to me in my silvering years.
Why haiku/tanka? How do you compress your thoughts into the prescribed-number syllable structure?
Haiku and tanka forms provide the challenge of “being concise”, and offer the ease of creating more volume in less time, and keeping the flow going. In essence, they’re less work for me. Bloggers who follow a significant number of poets have expressed that they appreciate shorter posts!
(When I persistently ask her how she got into haiku, she thinks and says)
long before the Internet was birthed–must have learned it in high school English class.
You’ve been following a whole lot of poetry blogs- what do you think is wrong with the approach of poet bloggers in general? What works?
I really can’t judge what might be “wrong” with the approach of some poet bloggers. Poetry is subjective–what “works” for one person, won’t for another. If you’re speaking about attracting and keeping readers, I guess you would either attempt to calculate who your audience will be or simply discover them and go from there.
But again, it depends on what your goal is. Personally, I have to stay true to my heart, write what’s inside me–regardless of “stats”.
Do you post All the poems you write?
With the exception of a handful or so, I do post all the poems I write.
Are you bothered about plagiarism on the web?
Plagiarism on the web would bother me a lot–IF I was aware of it. But I don’t have time to search for evidence that someone is stealing my work. Kind of a “if I don’t see it, it’s not there” mentality (which also works well for housecleaning).
Who is your favourite poet and why?
My favorite poet? On blogs or historically, the answer’s the same, either way–I have too many to name. I love some poets for their style of writing, or their ability to create imagery–and some because they speak of things I know intimately, and make me feel less “odd”.
(So I prod on for some names, I knew Dickenson would be on the list):
Emily Dickinson(see!), John Donne, Christina Rossetti, Col. John McCrae, King David (Old Testament writer of many Psalms), the Brownings, Edna St Vincent Millay, Edgar Allen Poe.
Any advice for poet bloggers?
My advice to poet bloggers would be to figure out your goals and expectations first, if you can. The toughest part of blogging can be the comments– you need to decide how you’re going to manage them, before they manage you.
(I’m smiling again)
I really enjoyed talking to Caddo. Hope you liked the interview.
As a follow-up to this series, do have a look at my latest tweet: I read a brilliant blog post on the reason for blogging- an unlikely comparison between blogs and scrolls….