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Poet deVine
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0 posted 11-24-2003 12:50 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine


Do you feel the emotions you put into your poetry or art? Do you feel them while you're working?

I find my prose is more emotionless while I'm working on it. My poetry has to fill me with the emotion I'm trying to convey or it's just not right.

What do you feel while you create? What emotions do you put into your work?

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1 posted 11-24-2003 02:21 AM       View Profile for WildPoet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for WildPoet

I feel, Elation, consternation,intrepedation,
Anticipation,Exhaltation and thats with a dry brush and empty canvas.
While painting, I feel Joy, Thrills of anticipation and discovery, power, exhaltation!

When I'm done, I feel completeness, closure,
A sense of well being and the urge to show everyone and say " Look what I Done!"

To earn respect, Give respect
To live life, nurture life
To enjoy Love, Share Love

serenity blaze
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2 posted 11-24-2003 03:00 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

How odd you would ask this question. I feel the emotion of what I am writing so intensely that I have begun to question whether I should be writing at all.

I don't mean to sound dramatic (I hate all  that pretense of suffering for your art nonsense) but I do quite honestly travel some fairly dark roads in my mind's eye.

(But methinks you knew this about me.)

But to add another question to your questions, should one continue to write if writing delves so deep as to relive  bad memories that might best remain buried?

And, if the answer is that I shouldn't continue to write, um, how do I stop?

smiles and hugs and too many cigs tonight.

sigh.
Nan
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3 posted 11-24-2003 07:28 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I'm not sure what I feel WHILE I'm writing... But I surely do feel drained when I've finished a piece of work...
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4 posted 11-24-2003 08:38 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Serenity, off the cigs, on with the pen.  Why should we question where our writing takes us, if we are doing such?  There's a reason for everything, and while we may not know the reason now, it will come to us, eventually.  Those that don't listen to the little voice welling up, choosing to put it aside, are the ones who take a chance of losing what they need to know.  Listen, let it come up, and out, the choice to share same is still up to you.

Sharon, the answer is, for me, yes.  At least with some poetry.  As well as Prose.  Now, the novel at hand - that is different.  I don't know when I will feel the emotion of it - quite possibly after it is finished.  Every step through page through chapter right now is more of a journey, always opening up before me a thought I don't think I've had before.  But since it's not done, it hasn't manifested itself in me to "feel" it - just to do it.

I am sure after all is said and done with the book, I will feel like I gave birth to a creature of some sort.

But with some poetry, some prose, when I dig deep enough, when it touches anyone [and we can tell by the responses...] and if I cannot read it aloud because the voice wavers in the attempt...that's when I know I've put me into the work.
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5 posted 11-24-2003 01:42 PM       View Profile for eor   Email eor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for eor

it all depends when i am writing about personal things i put 100% of my emotions into it, but if a am writing a persona poem, or a poem from somebody, not myself, i try to put their emotions into it.  i have about 3 characters i have developed very well, from political beliefs, to religous, to how they react to certain things, so sometimes i write from their point of veiw in the world, with their emotions, so it is kind of like i get to be a different person, so but to answer your question all around i guess its yes...

"So what befalls the flawless?
Look what I've built, it shines so beautifully now watch as it destroys me."

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6 posted 12-02-2003 07:39 PM       View Profile for Masked Intruder   Email Masked Intruder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Masked Intruder

I don't feel that the emotions I feel while I'm writing are expressed 100%.  They are dim in comparison to the real thing.  When, on that rare occasion, I do feel I've completely expressed what I'm feeling, that particular feeling wells up two fold and I'm either more miserable or twice as happy, depending on what I'm writing about.  

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Bad monkey.

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At times I believe I write about situations that other people might be in and I actually feel what I believe they are feeling at the time. This gets sort of dark and depressing at times.

"To share my poems with you is to share my heart with you"

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8 posted 12-17-2003 09:59 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

For me, it all depends on subject matter and any changes from the brain to the paper. There have been some which started off rather blaise, but by the end would mist my eyes. Pieces I would start then couldn't finish due to the sheer enormity of what I was feeling, and it usually wasn't anything internal. Just a strong image from an overactive imagination. Some gave bad dreams after, some were from bad dreams which I can hardly read from the shakey pen.

Basically, it's all to do with subject/theme, at least with me.
Titia Geertman
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It depends on the kind of writing.
When I write about my father for instance, all memories of him come floating into my mind and most of the time I'm smiling when writing.
I've always used poetry or proze to write off my emotions, good ones and bad ones. It's a good way to deal with them, because while writing it down, you have to think more deeply about the matter and often the anger or sadness is disappearing along the line.

I've learned once to write letters when someone made me very angry. I don't send them though, but it helps me to clear my mind and most of the time it helps me to see the other point of view better. It helps me to take a step aside and not stay within that narrow path I'm walking in. It takes some exercise and willingness and I don't always succeed, but it's true...at the end of the letter my anger is not so 'hot' anymore.

Like scattered leaves...my words will flow

icebox
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10 posted 12-27-2003 04:45 PM       View Profile for icebox   Email icebox   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for icebox

Oten, I write as a way of trying to make the feeling stop.
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11 posted 12-27-2003 07:22 PM       View Profile for wintertao   Email wintertao   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wintertao

a most interesting thread...about 50% of the time I become an "actor" and explore feelings and situations I myself have not experienced directly, though no doubt I have on some level. Like writing about being in WWII, or about being a ghost, etc. This can sometimes create confusion with my readers...its not uncommon for me to get an e-mail that says something like "I didnt know you were a RastaMan, are you from Jamacia?" if I post a poem called RastaMan.
Or "When were you in Nam?" If I write a poem from the view of a soldier in Vietnam. I've even had men
assume I was a woman and start hitting on me only to find, to their disgust, it was just a poem dude.
Although I have yet to get one that said "I didnt know you were a ghost..." I guess if it's way out there readers make the jump, if not some will assume you are writing about yourself, which is a natural re-action in many people. I mostly just feel escapism when I do these "acting" pieces as its a form of entertainment for me. When I do write about myself I find it a cleansing process and it often helps me deal with things in a positve way. I do cry sometimes when I write though, both from sadness and joy, as well as when I read others poetry. I find if I write a really good poem I feel a kind of "high" that lasts for a few hours and then I start thinking about something else. Anyway I can't even imagine not being able to write, to have this as a creative outlet. At the end of the day I have to say I just love reading and writing poetry.

[This message has been edited by wintertao (12-27-2003 07:45 PM).]

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12 posted 12-28-2003 12:54 PM       View Profile for Magnus   Email Magnus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Magnus

Some very interesting questions, thoughts
and responses..

I write best when I am feeling a lot of
internal emotions about various themes.  I
also find that there are times when I begin
a write without a clue as to what I will
compose....finding at the end of the poem
that I have written something that relates
to events that are occuring in my life or
a mood that either exists or existed very
recently.  

I also can sometimes be totally overwhelmed
emotionally by what I have written,  at times
to the point of crying.  As though I have
let out something from within that brings
great relief to me.  

So much of my life guides what I write or
have written in the past.  I also can assume
the role of individuals that I am writing of,
most of whom are fictitious...but with very
real and stark emotions.  oh well,  I could
go on,  but perhaps not this day.
 
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