Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Hey you! You, poet!

Lissen up: if you were to be interviewed about your poetry, what questions would you want to be asked?


Sreekesh Menon said...

how would you define your own style of writing poetry?

do you try to carry any message within your poetry?

what role does poetry plan in your life?

do you have a muse?

are you good at reading poetry ?

Greg said...

can I buy you a drink? ask that 3 or 4 times. then ask anything. the answers may be meaningful.

Ivy said...

How would you recognise your ideal reader? Or, if you prefer, your ideal critic?

Which of your contemporaries' work interests you?

How much of emerging poets' work do you read? Would you say that you read a wide range of poetry, or do you have a preference for certain styles? Are you a mentor to any emerging poets?

What excites you about poetry?

How do you negotiate between the public persona of the poem and the private persona of the poet, especially when a reader ends up confusing the two?

Among other poets' work, which poem do you return to again and again? Why?

What do you feel the role of the poet entails?

Has it ever become impossible to write?

How has criticism of your work affected you or your poetry?

Criticism currently surrounds the adjuncts to writing poetry--poetry contests, writing workshops, MFA programs, poetry slams and so on, some of which has been quite hostile and negative. Do you have any strong feelings for or against these ... ?

Is a poem ever finished?

Christine said...

Thanks Guys! Some really good ideas. Ivy, especially, made me go "hmmm..." Interesting.