Progress

From this project, I am beginning to see that you can only fail when you fail to do what you love. Being myself has been a very difficult part of writing. I have been writing mostly right before I go to bed when my thoughts expose more of who I am which is a very uncomfortable thing to read or write about, nonetheless share with others. I want to, someday, become comfortable enough with myself to share who I am with the world. I feel like the fact that I have struggled with anxiety and depression makes me scared to show who I am and what I believe. I want to be comfortable in my own skin and this project has shown me that it’s okay to talk about who I am. I have also learned that sharing your thoughts doesn’t have to be “oh this is how I feel right now and this is what I happen to be thinking”. There is such a broad range of emotions that poetry can almost be shown as “this is how I was feeling, this is how I feel now, and this is how I hope to feel in the future”. I have progressed less in my poetry in the fact that  I  am still terrified of sharing my work and more in the fact that I have almost learned that it is okay to be uncomfortable and put a piece down to save it for another day when you are ready to talk about it.

Interview

For my initial interview, I talked to the creative writing teacher at my school, Mrs. Shattuck. She has been a wonderful person in my life to talk to about anything going on. When asked to describe her style, the only response appropriate was “persnickety”. There are many quirky things that were listed for her to write including that she enjoys writing when a paper is not completely blank, for this she uses graph paper. She will, also, only write in black pen. Mrs. Shattuck likes feeling a balance throughout everything as she writes, profound poetry with prose, calm clean environment without silence, this sense of balance is a very harmonious way to write, which is lovely. As she writes, she “shares her heart”. She finds her strength to be being “constructive and never destructive” and “making it so others can find themselves in {her} writing”.  When it comes to difficulties, she spoke of “exposing vulnerability” and “taking out the awesome words that seem right at the time, but don’t quite fit”. She gave a great suggestion about this, “I made myself a “parking lot” for my words and phrases that don’t work, but I would like to use later”. This is a fabulous suggestion in which a lot of people could take into consideration. As a writer, she finds herself working her emotions deeply into her works, writing poems and stories about friends and loved ones for friends and family helps her cope and honor those lost. Writing can be used in many different ways which is very interesting and amazing. Focusing on the positive and great in the world make Mrs. Shattuck an amazing writer. She is inspired by the works of Charles Dickens, although she does not like the way he lived his life. She finds he is an amazing author and enjoys reading his work. In her spare time, she not only writes, but she has many other ways of expressing herself. Her helpfulness has influenced many scores on the SAT or ACT, taking care of her family, playing the piano for others, among other things. Since Eighth grade she has learned that failing to write is failing. Within her time writing, she has learned that growing up is very uncomfortable, especially to talk about.  With this, comes style, style is found through trial and error. Finding your style can be hard, especially when you don’t really know yourself. When you write, finding yourself is an important part of your work.

Interview Questions

How would you describe your style?

What are your strengths?

What is it that you find the most difficult?

What is your work that you are most proud of?

Who is your hero?

What do you do in your spare time?

How long have you been writing poetry?

When did you find your style?

When was a time when you failed?

What is something you feel uncomfortable writing about?

How do you feel about cheesecake?

Advice From Mayday

On structure

  • write as an “almost story”
  • use numbered lists
  • use statistics
  • listen to other people perform (pay close attention to what goes into getting responses)

Set up for a poetry night

  • “like a choir concert”
  • have a sign up list
  • have a donation box for a food pantry to give back to the community
  • advertise

On performance

  • practice
  • write for yourself
  • take the first and last lines of a poem and write your own middle

Passion Proposal

“Poetry is a necessity of life. It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so.”
-C.D. Wright

The way her voice shakes when she speaks
She could move mountains with the sheer stutter of her tongue
She is the reason your heart beats out of rhythm
The way her voice makes your soul quiver with the salience of her words
You will forget the world
But the world is in the eyes of the voice
The voice with the stutter of your heart

She is the poem of your heart

 

Poetry is the basis of my sanity. As my mental instabilities worsen I always turn to written word. As my passion, my lifesaver, my friend, poetry has saved my life. I want to help others find this release in a time of need. Without poetry, I feel my life would be very different than it is now. Poetry is my life.

For my passion study I will be working on my poetry. I will use Button Poetry and books such as David Escobar’s. I want to learn how to perform spoken word, these resources should help. For my project, I need to learn the elements of spoken word. I also want to use this as a way to practice writing in other forms.

The viability of my pitch is not based off of others, my pitch revolves around how I feel about poetry. So, my pitch is viable because it makes me happy.