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Curious -- interested in other poet's perspectives

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Susan
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0 posted 07-31-2004 11:24 AM       View Profile for Susan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan

When I write, I oft times will step out of my shoes and try on anothers and write from their point of view.  In other words, it is not my experience or view point, but trying to see things from theirs.  I'm curious how many others do this?

Also, when doing this and posting it to the main forum, I sometimes hesitate because it is natural when reading a poet's work to associate the words of the poem with an experience of the poet themselves.  I know that a small piece of my own soul goes into every write, but sometimes when playing I write from a fictional standpoint -- that's the fiction writer in me.

When responding to some posts, I wonder, it feels as if it is the poet's own heart speaking, and I might comment as such, but what if, like me, they're merely trying on another's shoes?

I'm just curious what the other poet's perspectives are on this subject, and how many step outside themselves to write as if seeing from another's eyes.

  Susan

Happiness isn't something that happens to you, it's created from within you.  Joy is a state of mind.

serenity blaze
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1 posted 07-31-2004 11:37 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

All the time! For instance, thank you for your comment on my poem in Open. The poem was chock full of metaphor --I was never actually flogged by a Bishop in a clearing of the woods. (er.. at least I don't think so, anyhow)

and not to worry, I didn't take you for a back seat of a jeep kinda girl, either!



loved your poem too--
Sunshine
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2 posted 07-31-2004 11:40 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

What serenity said...

But because we do come to know the folks here to an "extent", sometimes it is easy to wonder "is it real or is it Memorex"...or something like that...

Therefore, you have several poets on the boards here who have taken on additional pseudonyms, not to "fool anyone", but to take on that "other mantle's persona" to see if they CAN stretch beyond even their wildest imagination...

and sometimes?  They succeed very well.

Then again, look at the "professional writers" in life, who have taken on various other names by which to see how they would succeed - or fail.  Two that come to mind are Richard Bach and Mark Twain...

and I am sure you will be deluged with many others before this thread is through...

and I come back with a P.S.

There are several times...quite often, as a matter of fact, that I look at one or two or more of PiP's writers, and wonder if they are really...that published writer...or this published writer...because what they do, they do so very, very well...


iliana
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3 posted 07-31-2004 01:08 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Susan -- I think we all are empaths or something.  There is a unity that comes from seeing through the eyes of others, yes?  I know sometimes I am so affected by another's poem it actually sets the mood for something I write.  
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4 posted 07-31-2004 01:16 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I wrote a poem titled "I am not my poetry".. because I wear many hats when I write. To me it's a way to write 'fictional' poetry..if there's fictional prose, then why not fictional poetry?
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5 posted 07-31-2004 01:43 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

(chuckling)
Wearing anothers skin is as easy as putting on ones own... if you can see beyond yourself even a little bit..

Fiction? Truth?

Come now, fiction is but someone's truth told in such a way that can explore the intricate ways everything connects without having to truly put yourself in a position to experience it....

Possible... and possible in my book means it is a truth to someone someplace..and at sometime...

how much of what I write expresses me and my experiences and how much doesn't..( shrugging) is I guess for others to judge, because no matter what I write or whose skin I might be wearing from a perspective.. there is always a part of us in it... or we couldn't add anything to the interpretation...


an interesting question.. and an interesting idea.. that the fear of people reading too much of you into the things you consider fiction is enough to make you not want to be misunderstood..

Susan
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6 posted 07-31-2004 02:56 PM       View Profile for Susan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan

Ah, this is most encouraging.  I like the idea of writing with other names for the sake of trying different things.  And I agree that much of ourselves is put into our work, be it fiction or truth and that our fiction is someone elses truth.  I also think that by exploring view points from other's eyes increases our ability for understanding and compassion.  And sometimes the shoes we try on are shoes we would never wear, but there is a little part of us that wouldn't mind, in a way, giving them a try.

Thanks so much for the feed back.  It has helped me to feel a bit more free in being a shape shifter when writing.

Hugs to you all,

  Susan

Happiness isn't something that happens to you, it's created from within you.  Joy is a state of mind.
kaile
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7 posted 08-01-2004 12:57 PM       View Profile for kaile   Email kaile   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kaile

i write from my own perspective only. i guess i am too self-involved as a wannabe writer. having said that however, my musings represent only selective truth (even from my own perspective) since i am becoming to realise that you need to have a main thrust in your poem and filtering unnecessary details that doesn't contribute to the thrust is essential

also, my poetry often reads more melodramatic than i actually feel. i don't have an inkling of why that is actually, since i am the happy-go-lucky sort. so will take this opportunity to apologise to Pip readers who have wondered and worried (?)over the distress i may have expressed in my work...
Copperbell
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8 posted 08-05-2004 05:53 PM       View Profile for Copperbell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Copperbell

Sometimes I do, often I'm sorting out my own experiences with what I'm writing.

I'm thinking its a good excercise to write from another perspective - and that I should give it some practice.

 
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