Answers to a tag regarding my Tumblr poetry blog http://poetryaccident.tumblr.com/
1. Why do you have this blog? What is the purpose of this blog?
I wanted to post my poetry in a location that was poetry-friendly and had a well-established pool of users. I considered starting a WordPress site. A friend pointed me to Tumblr. I uploaded ALL of my poems there and I’ve been updating it on a daily basis since then. I also post opinion blogs, short stories, and “sexy dips” picture sets.
2. What is your opinion of therapy and poetry/writing as a therapeutic tool?
I find poetry to be incredibly therapeutic for myself. I am able to put out the feelings I am having. The obtuse and opaque quality of poetry allows it to be incredibly explicit to myself while being vague to an audience. I also write poetry to tell others that they are not alone. I do this by using phrases and keywords that my target audience should pick up on. Others walk by, mystified at the mad ramblings of the poet.
3. What kind of poetry do you like?
For content, I enjoy when people write from their life experiences. For composition, I am in the lyrical camp. I enjoy a poem that flows well.
4. What do you think is the purpose of poetry?
Poetry is a tool for expressing emotions and thoughts. The words can be focused or blunt. The message can be direct or circumspect. In the end the poet knows the intent, and this is put out to the world.
5. What subject matter would you like to see covered by poetry?
Anything and everything is fair game for subject matter. A poet will tend to write from their life experience. The most impacting works are pulled from their emotional wells. I would love to see poets be brave enough to go there with their poems.
6. What is the purpose of Tumblr?
Tumblr itself can be a meeting place for like-minded people. They can share and see what others are sharing. I write a poem a day. Some days I don’t have an idea at the tip of my pen. My go-to fix is to browse my Tumblr feed and I’ll find inspiration in something a friend posted. It’s also neat to see the “other” side of my friends.