Screen name: Bitterbud
Where are you from? : My mother will very vehemently claim me as Welsh!
Favourite poet(s): Anne Sexton and Marion McCready
Favourite poem: ‘I Am’ by John Clare – it’s stunning. I really connect with it.
BY JOHN CLARE
I am—yet what I am none cares or knows;
My friends forsake me like a memory lost:
I am the self-consumer of my woes—
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes
And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed
Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life or joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems;
Even the dearest that I loved the best
Are strange—nay, rather, stranger than the rest.
I long for scenes where man hath never trod
A place where woman never smiled or wept
There to abide with my Creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept,
Untroubling and untroubled where I lie
The grass below—above the vaulted sky.
When did you first start writing? : When I was 15
What was your first poem about?: It was about questioning whether or not God exists.
What inspires you as a poet? : I get inspired by a lot of different things. I love Dostoyevsky and I get inspired by a lot of the topics he touches upon in his books. This is what I love to do: I take a character, develop them in my mind and then address issues – personal or societal – through them. I’m a very private person and I find it very difficult to express myself but I find it easier to do so through the medium of someone else. Most of my poems are addressed to someone in particular and I express myself through their actions.
How did you get to this stage in your writing? : I was very nervous about joining AllPoetry but it was the best decision I could have made. The supportive environment really helped me to blossom and there are so many inspirational people and poems to come across that will always ignite my muse in some way or other.
Some adlibbed writing about yourself: I love my dog.
Links to published works:
Share a few of your favourite poetry resources: The Poetry Foundation, Poemhunter, there are so many!
Which poet do you feel has influenced you most? : Definitely Anne Sexton
What methods have worked best for you? : I don’t know, I don’t think I have a method. Sometimes I get fixated on a word and it soon becomes a sentence with then that becomes a stanza and subsequently can be expanded on. It usually begins with a little something that just pops into my head.
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