Poetry and personal blog – Spilling my guts to strangers

Prying Loose My Thoughts

Reality and Perception

I see me as reinventing myself, in a manner of speaking. But what does that mean? Is it changing my hairstyle, revamping my wardrobe, rearranging the furniture, taking a different career path, altering my lifestyle, shifting priorities? As I do these things, am I really becoming somebody different or am I aligning myself closer to who I really am? I think of the lyrics of a Beatles song, “Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged.”

Isn’t It Comedic Tragic Ironic

The better I become at writing,  the harder it is to do.

You Really Like Me

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Kalyani Magazine has accepted two of my poems for publication. I took them down from the blog but some of you may vaguely remember them: “7 Haiku: Geese” and “they said.” I’m really excited because this type of recognition of my poetry has eluded me for years. Although it’s good to believe in yourself, it’s nice to have a little external validation once in a while. And if any self help gurus are offended by that statement, you have just proved my point!

The Poetry Business

976300_52203064I have a regular freelance writing gig with a magazine that features profiles of entrepreneurs. Having interviewed quite a few of them for my articles, I’ve come to admire the ability of those in business to talk positively about themselves and to promote their brand. They brag about revenues, awards, and milestones with no pretense of humility. And whoever doesn’t like it can kiss their asses all the way to the bank.

I think about myself and other poets who are trying to sell books. Very few poets make money writing poetry. Part of that is because the buying public doesn’t place much value on poetry, not realizing that the world would be barren without it. Are actors, pro sports players, and novelists really more essential than poets? If poets are ever going to be paid what they are worth, the demand has to come from the public. But there are not enough public relations spinners out there telling the masses that they need poetry.

And don’t hold your breath waiting for poets to make the case, either, because money is rarely a motivating factor for us. We poets are compelled to write poetry whether we get paid for it or not. It only makes good business sense not to pay us for it. It doesn’t get any more pathetic than that. We are our own self-deprecating enemy.

Madness in the Method

When I sit down to write poetry, the thoughts seem to occupy a physical space in my brain (the location changes from poem to poem). I have to tunnel through to extract the thoughts. I always worry that I’m going to lose my way, or if I’m able to get to that space, I won’t be able to pry the thoughts loose. Even if I accomplish those two things, I fear that I won’t be able to find my way back out again.

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2013

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Comments on: "Prying Loose My Thoughts" (17)

  1. Well, first of all congratulations for having your work published. As for me, I have come to the conclusion that writing is, most of the time, a hobby. If it makes many, it is a bonus, but I don’t count on it. I have a regular job to pay the bills!

  2. Your writing has always been great, congratulations on your poems being accepted for publishing. Love your writing…take care

  3. Congratulations on getting some poems published! You are so right about poets not standing up for the value of their work. Never would you see one of them brag about it like a Wall Street man. Ha. Keep up the hard work! I believe it will pay off. 🙂

  4. So happy for you! If anyone deserves to be published and recognized for her work as a writer, it’s you, my friend!

  5. Nothin´ is wrong with making money on poetry but we all know that the passion for writing comes first, of course.

  6. galenpearl said:

    Congratulations! That is truly wonderful and I’m so happy for you.

  7. You are amazing, Adriene! I just got around to responding to your comment on my blog where you mention that you’ve always wanted to be a widely recognized poet…and you are! =)

    I especially relate to your first paragraph of thoughts. I feel that I’m always reinventing myself. Maybe it’s not about become somebody different or becoming more who we are. Maybe that reinvention is part of who we are in every moment. =)

    • Ok, Samantha, I’ll have to look at those number again! 😉 And yes, I do think you’re right. We’re always evolving so sometimes we have to keep up with the moment.

  8. congratulations Hun!

  9. Yay!! Mazel Tov!! Well deserved, and I hope this just opens up many more doors for you, and for the world to discover your poetry. YAY!!!!

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