A retreat from the lyric, but not a retreat, more an advance in a different direction. ©Marie Marshall
Your poetry is amazing. Creative in the extreme. I hope you are happy and aware of your talent. I am reminded of Louis Jenkins’s poetry but your poems have a very different grittyness which is to me very new and intruiging. With your permission I would like to quote some of your poems on my blog some times, I will of course link back to your site or blog.
If I have a talent at all it is akin to restlessness – I won’t simply sit still, I have to keep seeking and probing, I can’t just churn out the same old stuff, or write stuff that’s going to be an easy read (where’s the fun in reading something easy? That would be like living on bread-and-butter.) If you looked through all my stuff since I started writing in 2004 (this blog only contains stuff from 2011 onwards – God knows where the rest is!) you would find a lot of poems that don’t work at all, and many that would not be to your taste. At one time I was writing very formal English sonnets – I tried not to make them boring, because the form in itself is beautiful – and an exercise like that lent technical strength to my writing as a whole. My current output is an attempt to privilege the reader, to encourage creative interpretation. I don’t know if it is working, LOL.
I may set up a separate blog to showcase my old sonnets. You never know.
As I am attempting to privilege the reader*, please do feel free to quote and link at will.
*The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets of the 70s onwards did something like this, or some of them did. I’m not doing quite what they did, but it’s the nearest analogy.
Thanks for your extensive reply. I really like your recent poems and will include some of them in my posts and spread the word. All the best with your creative efforts, for me it is a rough ride at times, but the intimate private rewards can be very sweet?
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