It was a pleasant afternoon as I came to realize that a website dedicated to moderating interesting articles and pieces across the Blogworld promoted my poem ‘Happy Women’s Day in a Perfect World’ on Twitter and their website. Ms Denise Dianaty was my fellow nominee on the poetry list for the month. Apart from authoring ‘My Life in Poetry’, she continues to share her inspirational works through blogging. Grab your cuppa and join in the discussion!!
Me: How did you start your poetic journey?
Denise: Well, I began as a visual artist. Poetry, for me, was an extension of that. As I’ve always said, “Being an artist isn’t something I do; it’s who I am.”
Me: How has poetry become a powerful agency for you?
Denise: My poetry evolved from notes I’d make for pictures I created, or for things I couldn’t fully express in an image. It was a way to fully express my life and inspiration.
Me: Would you call yourself a confessional poet?
Denise: I write my life. I write what moves me, inspires me, frightens me, motivates me, holds me back, props me up, tears me down. Whether it’s visual art or poetry or other creative forms, the only way I know how to do them is to pour them out of myself. I don’t know if that’s confessional poetry.
Me: What are your thoughts on contemporary poetry that focuses increasingly on introspection and personal experience?
Denise: What? Contemporary poetry “focuses increasingly on introspection and personal experience?” Was there ever a time that art forms and poetry didn’t do that? Now, I’ve studied this — A LOT. In every era and every genre, the arts is an expression of its time AND of its author. I do think it’s a great time today to be a poet and to be able to speak with my voice, unfettered by convention and censorship.
Me:What is your recipe for the perfect/most satisfying poem?
Denise: There has never been a ‘recipe’ for creating to my way of thinking. It’s down to opening your soul and letting all you are and all you know form your voice. Then, be willing to set it down in words or sound or image or performance. For me, my poem ‘Inspiration’ says it all”