I write in the Inspirational Poetry genre and my books carry the title “Poems to Inspire”. They are not Christian or religious in any traditional sense. I don’t believe in any god made in human image. I believe in the creative spirit.
Inspiration is the child of spirit and by definition, therefore, it is beyond definition. It can’t be captured, just experienced by grace.
That’s where my poems come in. The aim is not to pin anything down but to point up the space between the words.
So the reader has an emotional experience, and perhaps even a spiritual experience, in the reading.
That’s my creative intention as I write.
The New Poetry Movement
The new publishing technologies are bringing poetry to the people, enabling more poetry to be written, performed and published, and more poets to make an income from their work than ever before.
I am thrilled to be part of this new poetry movement in three ways
- I publish my own poetry books and sell them here on this website and elsewhere.
- I have a Patreon page where patrons can support my poetry.
- And I run The Alliance of Independent Authors’ Self-Publishing Poetry Podcast with Dalma Szentpály of PublishDrive.
Inspirational Poetry: My Poetry Books
When I have ten new publishable poems, I gather them into a chapbook, available in ebook, paperback and hardback.
And every so often I gather poems from the books, and from my patreon exclusives, to bring together a selection. These are longer books. Some are themed selections (see below). I’m currently working on a book of Irish blessings, loose translations from old Gaelic brought into the 21st century, without losing what makes them timeless.
Also in the works are seasonal books, poems to mark Valentine’s Day, Mothers Day, Christmas and Easter. These make great gifts.
Books about how to read, write and publish poetry to inspire.
Inspirational Poetry: My Patrons
My Patreon Page is largely dedicated to poetry.
I publish a new exclusive poem there each month that only patrons can read for a time. Poetry lovers also receive other giveaways and bonuses and my monthly poetry bulletin.
I have a special tier on my Patreon page especially for other poets, or aspiring poets, who would like to feature their work in the Alliance of Independent Authors’ Self-Publishing Poetry Podcast. (see below)
How I Self-Publish My Poetry
At events I’m often asked how I write and publish my poetry. I do first drafts of longer poems by hand in my notebook. 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:‘A line will take us hours maybe;Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought,Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.Better go down upon your marrow-bonesAnd scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stonesLike an old pauper, in all kinds of weather;For to articulate sweet sounds togetherIs to work harder than all these…”
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
and tell me what
I never knew
Alliance of Independent Authors’ Self-Publishing Poetry Podcast
Each month, as part of the Alliance of Independent Authors’ Self-Publishing Poetry Podcast, Dalma Szentpály of PublishDrive and I run a poetry podcast for indie authors that features tips and tools, a poet interview and audio readings.