At events I’m often asked how I write and publish my inspirational poetry. The short answer is: I do first drafts of longer poems by hand in a notebook I keep especially for the purpose.
There’s something about poetry that calls for pen to paper, though I sometimes compose #micropoetry directly onto my Instagram page on my phone.
You’ll find lots of haiku and other micro-poetry there, often about artworks I find inspiring. I’m lucky to live in London and enjoy great art, almost daily.
I also do #quotes for #poets on my Instagram feed and connect with other poets over there (join us?)
I love being awed or delighted by poetry as I scroll through my Instagram feed. People complain about vitriol on social media but you can just as easily tune that out and tune into poetry instead.
Once I have a typescript, sometimes paper, sometimes digital, the editing begins.
Inspirational Poetry: Editing
I am a student of the WB Yeats school. In his poem Adam’s curse he spoke of how:
I edit a lot, again usually by hand, using a pen to correct the typescript, then typing up a new clean copy which I’ll bring around with me in my bag and work on in spare moments on the tube or over a coffee.
I can do this many many times for a single poem.
Edit the words and type them up. Edit the new words and type up again.
As my poem, Writer At Work, puts it
“Repeat to need
until they come
click to fit
through layers bound,
in sense and sound
to wrap me round…”
When everything clicks to fit, it’s ready to go into a book.
Inspirational Poetry: Books and Audiobooks
When I have ten new presentable poems, I gather them into a chapbook, available in ebook, paperback and hardback.
I’m currently working on a book of Irish blessings, my translations from the old Gaelic with the help of Google Translate.
I’m also creating poetry audiobooks of me reading my poems.
That’s a whole new experience and making me look at the poetry in a whole new way.
Inspirational Poetry: Patreon
My Patreon Page is largely dedicated to poetry. I publish a new long poem there each month, which is exclusive to patrons for three months.
Patrons also receive other giveaways and bonuses, and I have a tier there especially for poets who want to feature in my Indie Poetry Podcast.