Last month we celebrated Women’s History Month and this month we celebrate poets and poetry during National Poetry Month. Because LIFE has been hectic since January, I wasn’t able to post my usual features on fabulous women authors and women groundbreakers. So without consulting the gods, I decided to carry over March and mix it up with April to feature some amazing women poets, some of whom (who vs. whom, anyone know?) I happen to share publishing pages with in Voices from the Block.
So without further delay, the first featured woman poet,
Danette is not only a soul-stirring poet, but also…
- a gifted vocalist
- an inspirational blogger
- an expert proofreader
- a newlywed
- and an all around good person. She’s one of those rare people you easily bond with because she has such an accepting, loving spirit.
I asked Danette to share a bit about herself as a creative person and here’s what she had to say from her soul to her pen to you…
- What prompted you to pursue writing as a creative outlet? I love creative expression and realized over time that writing repeatedly gave me the most comfort to the point that I, on occasion, crave the feeling of a pen in my hand.
- How do you get in the writing mood? I try to create a relaxing environment, sometimes with instrumental music. This allows my thoughts to flow uninterrupted.
- How do you know when a poem is “finished?” A poem is finished when the thought is resolved in some way. Typically, it stops “speaking” or “doing”.
- What or who has been your greatest writing influence? My love for reading and words as well as various poets and authors, like Maya Angelou, e.e. cummings, Emily Pound, Victoria Christopher Murray, Francine Rivers, Frank Perretti, J. California Cooper, Donna Hill and Cornel West.
- Do you have a preferred writing form? Poetry, short story, scripts, essays, etc.? Poetry. It’s my way of getting my thoughts on paper without strict grammar rules.
- What are your future writing plans? More poetry and hopefully some storytelling.
- What do you say to people who tell you, “I want to write a book?” Go for it and take it seriously. Use other critical pairs of eyes to produce a good read.
- What was your first thought when you held your first published work in your hands? “Wow. I’m printed on a page.” I was blown away, humbled and exposed. My secret was out. 🙂
- What was the most challenging thing about the publishing process for you? What was the most rewarding? The most challenging was adhering to deadlines. The most rewarding was completing each step along the way.
- How/What do you feel about the future of publishing? 2 things. 1.) I am excited for those who self-publish. Why wait on some select group to approve your work when you can approve yourself? 2.) I hope physical books last forever versus electronic everything. I love hardcovers and am fond of paperbacks.
A big thanks to Danette for opening herself to the world both through this interview and through her lovely poetry. You can learn even more about Danette and read some of her beautiful thoughts by visiting her blog at frolicfinagle.tumblr.com.
Thanks for celebrating women, poetry and more with me. I encourage one and all to go out and discover a new poet this month…maybe it’s you!
Ann, it certainly wasn’t long enough when you still had this fabulous post to give us xxxxxx
Thanks, Shey, so glad you enjoyed it. Working with the talented ladies in this collection was a joy.It was quite the experience!
Enjoy your posts. Praying all is well with you and you and yours.
Hello Marion. It is good to hear from you. I, we, are doing well. Mom comes to visit soon so we’re looking forward to spoiling her. Happy Mother’s Day (yes, I’m early!).
It was enlightening learning about some of Danette’s writing experience. I particularly liked her answer to – How do you know a poem is finished, when the thought is complete and resolved. Beautiful. ❤
Oh thank you Debbie! I’ll pass that on to Danette. I know she’ll appreciate hearing it. Isn’t it funny how the same response applies to novels and creative non fiction too. I guess writing is writing, no matter the genre. Hope you’re enjoying a productive writing week.
I agree Ann. And I’m certainly striving to be productive with writing this week. Some weeks are easier than others. 🙂
Danette, I was recently introduced to your inspirational poetry in Voices on The Block Vol.2 and so I was happy to learn more about you in Ann’s post. Thanks, Ann ❤
My pleasure Carol! Thank you again for your steadfast support. I am grateful. Hope the editing process wasn’t too bad. I look forward to another great read from you.
“Getting thoughts on paper without strict grammer rules.”
I never thought of it that way. It’s a certain control in letting go with language.
Freedom in language. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? I’m willing to try, how ’bout you? Happy reading! Happy expression!