This is the final installment of my interview view series with Thomas Whyte on his blog, Poetry Mini Interviews. The question this time is “How does a poem begin?”
To illustrate what triggers a poem, I include parts of some poems from my forthcoming debut poetry book, Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir (EIF – Experiments in Fiction, 2022), which will be released soon on Amazon.
In my experience, a metaphor, a thought, a problem, or anything in my environment can trigger a poem. The trigger takes shape in a metaphor that holds the poem’s argument, which leads to a logical conclusion.
After reading Part V, you can scroll down and see Parts I – 4, which are also posted separately on my blog.
It helped me a great deal to take a memoir writing class with Alison Wearing, a best-selling memoirist. Her course is Memoir Writing, Ink. You can find more about her course here. https://www.alisonwearing.com/memoir-writing-ink
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Look for a post tomorrow about the cover reveal for my book! And I will be posting some recordings of poems, one a week until the book is published.
The featured image is another piece of my original neurographica art. you can learn more about this art therapy at https://neurographicacademy.com/