First of all, I would like to thank Robbie for allowing me to join in on her #Poetryreadathon! I am honored and delighted to participate! Below are Robbie’s questions and my answers for them.
Michael and I are delighted to have you over for a visit today, Penny. You write beautiful and inspiring poetry.
Picking Up the Pieces—
As the edges
tend to wound
The sight of blood
no longer offends
the celestial beings
the Pieces of
only the Divine
Copyright © 2018 Penny Wilson
Thank you, Penny, for sharing this beautiful piece of your soul.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a single working woman living in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex. I live with my best friend; my Chihuahua, Rocket. I’ve lived all over the U.S., but will most likely retire in Texas. My life has been wildly varied. I know what it’s like to have a “humble beginning”. I’ve lived in tents, shacks, and lovely houses while growing up. This background, I believe, gives me a wealth of material from which to write about. I came to my love of writing and poetry late in life. Although I’ve written in some form or another all my life, I didn’t take it seriously until less than 10 years ago. At that time, it became a passion. Now I write almost every day. If you would like to see some of my work, you can find my blog at https://pennywilsonwrites.com/ or you can follow me on Twitter @pennywilson123.
I am currently working on self-publishing a book of poetry. This will be my first published book and I’m very excited about it. The self-publishing process is quite the learning experience, but I am having a wonderful time with it. I am hoping to have my book available for purchase by spring of 2019.
That is wonderful news, Penny. I have recently self published my first poetry book and it has been a great experience. Michael and I wish you all the best with this exciting new undertaking.
Who is your favourite poet?
This is like trying to choose a favorite child; an incredibly difficult task! As a child, I read anything I could get my hands on. I would go through stacks of books at a time. In the summer, I would average reading about one book a day! With all of that reading, I devoured a great deal of the classics, such as Poe and Shakespeare. I was drawn to the macabre air with which Poe compromised much of his writing. The story The Pit and the Pendulum was a favorite and so was the famous poem The Raven. After coming to WordPress and blogging, I was exposed to a wider variety of writing styles. Because of these influences, my own style of writing poetry has evolved quite a bit. Paul Lenzi, who sadly passed away this past year, became an incredible inspiration to me. You can still find his blog on WordPress if you look for it. Paul’s writing opened up a whole new world for me. Free Form poetry. I would often seek out Paul’s poetry during my time on WordPress. So, for now, my favorite poet is the late, great, Paul Lenzi.
I am also a great fan of both Poe and Shakespeare. So much so that I bought the junior versions of both of these authors for my sons which they read from age nine years old. Lovely choices, Penny!
What is your favourite poem?
I came across my favorite poem quite by accident. One day I was thumbing through a family bible, which was a gift from my mother before she passed. I came across a small piece of paper that had been clipped from a magazine years before. The paper was yellow with age. It was a poem that my mother had cut out from a magazine and saved among the pages of this bible. At the bottom of the poem, in my mother’s handwriting were the words “to Penny”. The poem is Ordinary Miracles by Erica Jong.
nothing new can be said.
The stars on a clear night
of a New England winter;
the soft air of the islands
along the old
pirate gold shining
in the palm;
the odor of roses
to the lover’s nose. . .
There is no more poetry
to be written
of these things.
The rainbow’s sudden revelation–
The cliché is true!
What can one say
with you, little heart,
but you are
no less miracle
for being ordinary.
This tender, sweet act by my mother took me by such surprise, I wept. It was as if she was speaking to me. So, this, of course, is my favorite poem.
This is the most beautiful story, Penny. Such a lovely thing for your mother to have done.
What do you appreciate the most in a poem?
I appreciate something that will evoke strong emotions within me. Some poetry just takes my breath away! If it’s some thing that makes me pause and contemplate what was said, I appreciate that.
I can certainly understand that, Penny. Some poetry has a most incredible impact on the reader.
Why do you write poetry?
I write poetry mostly, to express myself but it’s also become therapeutic. Being able to give voice the ups and downs of one’s life is a hugely satisfying thing to do. I can rant, vent, cry, cheer or laugh though my poetry. I can love or hate. The whole process is especially freeing.
I think this is a wonderful reason to write poetry. I am sure this concept is shared by a lot of poets.
Thank you, Penny, for joining Michael and I for our Poetry Readathon. I has been wonderful having you over.