I don’t know. Now that I’m in Bacolod, on forced rest, stuck in my room for most of the day, and surrounded by my poetry books and reading through them and writing poetry and really engaging in verses and metaphors, structures and form, I feel like I have so much to say about poetry. I’ve started to get really, really confident about the things I know and would want to share.
I’m not expert, by far. I don’t have any sort of certification or master’s degree or PhD, but I have a good understanding of it and I am confident in my ability to make poetry accessible to people who did not study Literature the way I did in college. I feel confident in my ability to bridge the gap between poetry and everyday people.
I’m leading up to the idea of wondering aloud if I could do a poetry column in some local paper or something. I could interview young local poets, choose a new poem and break it down and talk about technique and craft, review new poetry titles, poetry appearing in popular media (like in television shows or music, advertising, political speeches), interview established poets, discuss figures of speech and writing techniques, etc.
I wonder if anyone would give me the opportunity to have a weekly column, and if I could sustain a weekly column about poetry. I would love to try, though. I would call it Untangling Verses but that’s just the first thing that came to mind. I’d like to think about it some more. I used to collect clippings of Poet’s Choice which used to get published in Today newspaper. When i started collecting the clippings, the columnist in charge was Robert Bly and then Rita Dove took over and then at some point I have a few clippings with Edward Hirsch. Maybe mine could be called Poet’s Corner or something like Poetry Matters.
Ah! I’d love to do it. I really would. I wonder if I could talk to my editors in Manila Bulletin and ask them if we could review the poetry column of Cirilo Bautista in the Panorama and I can take over. I would really, really love to. I wonder if Sir Arnel Patawaran would let me.
You know what? I’m going to ask him. In fact, I’m going to ask him now. I’m not doing anything anyway until my next dialysis.