For the poets: What person, place or thing influences your writing, or enhances its direction?
I spent a lot of summers as a kid from about age eight to fifteen with my dad in a litlle town in West Texas, population about 2400. I have written a serie of poems about that time and place which I am going to put into a book of poetry. I have not published any of these on HP, but have shared them with my poetry group and they have encouraged me greatly.
My biggest influence is a drive of my spirit through my emotions. Right now, most of what I've written has been in an emotional response to the way I felt about someone or something.
A sight or an action that catches my eye. It can be anything around me or any thought triggered by something someone says or does. I think we just have to be sensitive and aware of the world in general.
I suppose things closer to home have more influence; family, friends, the garden, wildlife. The joy of living and the emotions that accompany it are the main factors.
If you want a root influence, then that's my Dad - he wrote plays, poems, articles and had a wonderful sense of humour.
A lot of the time I write from a place that is responding or discussing a conversation I had with someone. Sometimes they are observations about life and parallels I find between the mundane and the ethereal. I often observe and thus am filled with things to say. As poetry is a language for me more then anything else I just seek for some thought to take form and then I do what I can to express it as clearly or concisely in poem form.
I have a lot of emotions that roil around inside of me all the time. Some of it is chronic depression, some of it is from my childhood. So I find if I can take those dark emotions and channel them into a poem or dramatic piece, it is very satisfying and cathartic. Even though the poems do not tend to be autobiographical - they do tend to pack a punch and that is what I want - to feel something strong and intense when I write and reread it.
Truthfully, I write poetry for myself as an outlet. I am thrilled if someone else likes it or enjoys it, but it is mostly for my own release.
For me it's my mood and how I am feeling. I could be sat pondering on the past or outdoors looking at the weather or nature. it all affects how I feel and I like to write it down while its still fresh in my mind. I end up with lots of scribbled notes in my pocket.
So much of my poetry is derived from trial and tribulation. I find that my heart feels less weighty when I can turn something ugly into something beautiful.
Surrounded by people the most of my life, in my personal life as well in my profession and voluntary work, I need my 'little imaginative corner' where I reflect on people I met, work I have done and places I have visited...the best way to do it for me is in writing:)...as an artist I prefer poetic form in words and images:)
The inspiration seed with in will sprout involuntarily to express on paper.
I'm often inspired during my drive to and from work. Since I'm a substitute teacher for a county-wide school district, my drive may be different every day of the week. Often, the inspiration is something I see on my drive, combined with thoughts I've had circulating through my mind for days, plus odd tidbits of conversation I heard at school.
Love, I am in love with love ~ I have so many poems that color the rainbow of emotions that go into loving someone, someplace or something. There are very clear moments on my life and I always remember poetry being there too.
anything that touch my feelings....from abstract to living things, tregedy or melody & humour to laughter , but what inspires me more is the nature...every bit of nature influences my writing.
My poetry is usually triggered when a huge event happens in my life. Whether is a death in the family, something that's out of control or a happy thing. My main inspiration way back in the day was my mother abandoning me.
I defer to the DSM IV; it is full of psychological information which breeds wonderful prose...
The moon, the planets, they all do. I write prose poems quite a bit, I always blend quite a good amount of spirituality and mysticism.
my mood influences my writing...if i am happy or inspired, i write sublime poems, if i am sad, then my poems are gloomy and dark too...
Pain from the past&hope for the future. My awareness&appreciation of the beauty surrounding us all, in nature, animals&within ourselves.
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