Tuesday, April 19, 2005

If you're going to write a poem, first you have to feel something. You can't be lifeless, slothful, regretful; you've got to feel life. Don't be a sap, a charlatan, don't be happy with what you have, what is going on around you. Be mad, sad, joyful; pick the right things to shout about. Not commerce, work, money, sex, drudgery, TV, commodities, politics, cars, images or celebrity. Avoid these toiletries like the plague and you're more than half way there.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Getting published

Today I have two main aims:

Finding a local publisher of poetry.
Checking up the stats on my web site (of which this blog is the home page).

I'm in Suffolk, the sun is shining between showers, the late shift beckons at the printers where I work. Web stats show that most of the visits on my web site in the last couple of months have come from the Mirabot search engine. Probably just visits from their 'robot'. Otherwise just very individual visits from search engines. Need to push these figures up. It helps to blog! I haven't been lately; revising instead what I am. What I am good at. Poetry I would say, first and foremost, I can't seem to be innovative, or ingenious enough with the prose. Others are equal or better than me at the basics, viz. just getting words onto paper. Correct syntax, grammar not withstanding I need to write in a poetic style. Also my themes need to be universal, like my poems, not limited just to character. Short stories are too short, novels are a bigger canvas I can paint my ideas on, yet they take up time. Poetry is something familiar; I can hide in it.