Friday, January 13, 2012

Poetry in Motion with Guest Blogger: Margaret Fieland

Welcome author, blogger, & poet
Margaret Fieland to the Book Boost today!

She's here to discuss writing in a new kind of voice and here's what she had to say...

As a poet, I tend to return to the same subjects over and over., relationships, and (to a lesser extent) the landscape around me. In spite of the fact that these subjects are near and dear to my heart, some recent experiences have shown me that I care about, and am capable of writing poetry about much more.

Last year, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) as well as a chap book challenge that involved writing a poem every day through the month of November. Because I wanted to tie the two together, I invented a poet as part of the novel and wrote the poems in his voice.

The novel is a tween Sci-Fi genre piece and I wanted to bring out the spiritual values of the aliens, and so my poet's work was intended to be one of their sacred texts and contained a fair number of prayers, affirmations, and poems that spoke to the society's values.

I found myself slipping into my imaginary poet's head and despite the fact that I don't usually write spiritual or religious poetry, these works flowed easily and I had no difficulty either deciding on the subject matter or in expressing what I felt would be my poet's values. I ended up with thirty poems, thirty poems about subject matter I cared about deeply, but which, if not for the novel, it would never have occurred me to write about.

This year, I've again created a poet, this time a Terran (human) poet, and this time, also, I find myself slipping easily into my created persona and again, writing about subject matter that I would not normally take up. Constance, my imaginary poet, it appears, is far more political than I am. She has written a number of poems that speak to the chaotic political situation of her time, a hundred years before my novel begins and about a hundred years in our future.

As a poet, I am always striving to extend myself, both in terms of what and how I write my poems. Imagining myself a different person has proven to be a way to do that.

Trying Times

We were meant as a sacrifice to expediency, an excuse to attack the innocent, who meant only to watch over us.

Yet we have ears to hear the silence,
the unspoken, the hidden,
the ashes of those sacrificed by corrupt government

on the alter of public policy.

Lies kept the peace. We spoke truth,

we let loose war among ourselves.

What else could we have done?

Want More Margaret?

Visit her on the web here:

Pick up a copy of her anthology Lifelines today! Click here.


Margaret Fieland said...

Kerri, thanks for having me on your blog today.


Lin said...

Nice post,Margaret. Enjoyed hearing poetry with an alien voice.

maldiveshotels said...

Dear friend. I truly just like your posting and your current web page all in all! That write-up is really plainly composed and without difficulty understandable. Your WordPress style is awesome as well! Would be awesome to discover exactly where My partner and i are able obtain this. Please hold up the very good work. We all need much more this kind of website owners just like you on the web and much less spammers. Wonderful man ! :-)

Karen Cioffi said...

Margaret, great post. It's interesting how your able to get beyond your own poetry through other characters.

I think this must happen with most of us writers - moving beyond our norms through the freedom of another persona.

Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing