I remember a time when the writing of a poetry book sounded easy. Well, I should be happy then. This coming March, a few months before the convocation ceremony, I’ll be presenting my Honours Project at The English Honours Undergraduate Symposium at the U of Calgary. My Honours Project is a poetry book. Or rather, a collection of poems ready to be submitted for publication in book format. For some reason, exactly after I found out that my project was approved and I was enrolled in the class, writing a poetry book ceased to sound that easy. Perhaps committing to something I always wanted to do, finding out that I have deadlines, takes the fun right out of it. Not that I remember seriously writing on a project without a deadline to keep me straight.
However, easy or not, that poetry book has to happen. I thought I had it all figured out. Multicultural project. Interviews with Canadians from different cultural backgrounds were supposed to be the starting points for my poems. The subject: love. Except that when I started my interviews, the stories revealed a lot of pain, suffering, and loss. So I decided to write about pain and suffering. I lived in hell for a few weeks writing some poems about the horrors of war. At the end of those weeks I realized I cannot keep it up. It hurt to write about pain. So, I started to brainstorm again. I did not come up with much until after my second honours seminar, when I had to share something from my writing with the class. My Honours supervisor, Dr. Jenna Butler helped me look beyond my scattered ideas into the organized layers of likes and dislikes. I went home and cleared my thoughts for a while. Like a lotus flower, a new idea opened in my mind, taking over everything else. I will be looking for the hidden poetry in stories and beliefs about the creatures of the night of several different cultures. The writer’s block I thought I developed, shattered. I’m already working on three new poems: the werewolf, the vampire, and the rusalka.
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