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Why Do You Write Poetry? – John Tranter

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Hot on the heels of the last of last year’s WDYWP answers, here’s the first for fourteen in the form of a seven-part answer from none other than Mister John Tranter himself (Yes, that John Tranter. I’m gonna call this a coup. Because I can.).

Mr. Tranter’s segmented answer ably covers a lot of ground that is at turns mystical, practical, historical and ironic. Here’s a sample:

“Jesus, this is better than farming!” I cried, and I wrote poetry furiously from then on.

For the whole seven instalments, head to The Blue Corner forthwith. Which means now.

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – Initially NO

Way back in 2013 – remember 2013? – I rounded out the year with the final instalment of Why Do You Write Poetry, this time courtesy the enigmatic Initially NO.

I won’t pre-empt or précis the answer – just head over to The Blue Corner and read it for yourself.

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – Frank X. Walker

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Another month, another answer, hey? This time we’re favoured by US poet Frank X. Walker, whose Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers I was fortunate enough to read earlier this year. Great stuff – powerful, political historical poetry that’s contemporary and fresh and inspiring and frightening. You should check it out.

Frank has a short, but intriguing answer to the question, which relates to time. And when it comes to time, I tell you – I can relate.

Here’s Frank’s answer.

Tune in next month for another answer, or send your own to me at adamatsya AT gmail DOTT com.

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“I Hate Correcting Somebody, But Someone Has To.”

I got an email from John Tranter about my latest “Why Do You Write Poetry?” post on The Blue Corner.

From: John Tranter
To: me
Subject: Innumerate… and what it means.

Dear Adam,

I hate correcting somebody, but someone has to.

You write: “They answer in innumerate ways, as poets are wont to do.” I felt there was something wrong with that “innumerate”… it seemed related to “illiterate”. So I checked with a dictionary:

Innumerate: “Without a basic knowledge of mathematics and arithmetic”

You probably meant “Innumerable”: “Numerous, too many to be counted.”

John Tranter

Thanks to John.

I’ve contacted The Blue Corner and we’ll have things fixed up soon.

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – joanne burns

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Hot off the blog is ANOTHER reply to my curly question about why poets poetecise, this time a very thoughtful and honest reply about struggling to find new things to say, by one of my longtime favourite poets, joanne burns, author of so much that is goodness in poetry form.

It’s over on The Blue Corner, as per usual. So go read it, why don’tcha?

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – alicia sometimes

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alicia sometimes is the latest bunny to jump into the headlights of the tricky question that I habitually put to poets and yet never deign to answer myself.

Her answer went up on The Blue Corner a while back. Here ’tis.

Meantime if’n you want to have a crack at answering the same Q, please leave a comment or get in touch via email like the older folks do.

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Why Do You Write Poetry? – Paul K. Tunis

My second instalment of WDYWP?, featuring the illustrative genius of US comicpoet Paul Tunis, author of the glorious Blind to Blue, is now available for your reading pleasure over at The Blue Corner.

He makes a Rube Goldberg reference. This pleases me no end.

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Why Do You Write Poetry? Has Moved

Long-time readers might be familiar with my semi-regular blog posts wherein I put the above question to practitioners of the poetic art to find out what motivates them to practise it in the first place.

As of now that semi-regular feature will become a regular feature, appearing once a month over at Going Down Swinging‘s Blue Corner blog. The first post went up today, featuring ex-GDS ed Kevin Brophy’s answer-in-the-form-of-a-poem which some of you may remember as originally appearing right here back in November.

It’s nice to be taken under the GDS wing once more. I’m really looking forward to hanging out with the other blue cornerers and seeing what they come up with in the weeks ahead.

If you’re a poet type and you want to have a swing at an answer to the above, by all means contact me by leaving a comment here or by using the somewhat confusing email address listed somewhere on this blog. Or if you just want to know what drives other poets, stay tuned to the Blue Corner for more.

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