In the last month, I’ve submitted my poems for publication to three different organisations or groups. I was asked to submit, for consideration, my writing for an annual zine. I also saw a call for submissions for fictionists and poets who have not yet published their own solo book for an anthology. I also submitted my manuscript to a possible publisher who is looking through it to see if they want to handle my collection.
It’s the waiting game and while my work is out there, being reviewed, I’m here working on my commercial work and earning my keep and saving my money and paying debts.
It’s a good time for me to let my poems settle and find their space as I’m contemplating on revising my style. I want to really engage in my rhetoric more rather than the symbolic nature of my pieces. If I get all three out there, it would really be the perfect jumping point for me to try out new forms and really see if my voice holds up while doing a different form of poetic articulation.
It would be really interesting, for me, to really learn the Spoken Word route and expound my poem’s narrative qualities and make them more conversational. That would make it more personal (all my poems are personal but the highly symbolic nature of my pieces, in my opinion, leave the actual story within the pieces as rather vague) and more revealing of myself, which seems to be the tendencies of the poems nowadays.
It seems the writer is not that very far from the poem anymore and with YouTube and performance poetry being the main platform for the distribution of poetry, it is something I have to look into.
Of course, if I discover that it goes against my own natural creative DNA, I’ll pull back and continue exploring other avenues and forge my own path, but I want to see if I can swim within the currents. I don’t want to always have to be an iconoclast. Poetry is lovely when it is shared and it would be great to engage with the community and the larger audience that has started to emerge.
But, again, my training and background is academic and traditional in nature, and that will be something that I will always keep with me as I forge ahead in this path. The trick is in finding the balance between what language is most effective to use and how my stories and ideas are best expressed and in what form.
It would be a lie to say that I’m not thrilled by this exploration. It is renewed art form and its resurgence is encouraging, to say the least. Now that I’m old enough to have had a life worth writing about, experience that would allow me to go deeper into the poetry of living, the art form has found a new audience looking for content.
But, the flip-side of this, is that I must back my age and experience with craft. I’ve been around long enough and I have been writing long enough to be really good at this. I’m not a beginner. I am putting the pressure on myself because I know I can take it and I will get through it stronger and better.
These are exciting times for a new poet. I’m excited.