Here’s what I’m thinking. Here’s what inspired me. Wait, it’s about poetry motivation.
Yesterday, I read a post by ladysighs about the Birth of a Poem. Check it out and follow her blog if you haven’t already as there are always interesting reflections and poems there! Okay, back to her post. She explained that sometimes it is difficult to understand a poem and when that happens she would like to know the writer’s intention behind the lines or poetry motivation.
I wrote in my comment on her post that:
Sometimes I write the explanations to my poems at the bottom of the posts. I don’t always do it though because I like to read how people interpret them.
As a poet, I like sometimes to see how you the readers interpret my lines. Sometimes your comments tell me that you totally get my poetry motivation or my intention. Other times, you say something totally different than what I was thinking or point out an aspect of the poem that I hadn’t even thought about. And I like that!
I actually love it when readers point out what they make of the poem and how certain lines speak to them. When those perceptions are different than what I had in mind as my fingers moved over the keyboard during the creation phase, well, I get a kick out of that. It’s fun to experiment with words and see how the end product is perceived by readers.
So, sometimes I write the explanations for my poems at the bottom of blog posts, as I did in A Toast to the New Year. Other times, nah; instead, I just leave it open to reader interpretation.
What are your thoughts? Do you like when poets explain the motivation behind their words?
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