Member Rara Avis
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Been wondering.... do you think I’m hurting myself by writing dual voice poems?
I'm talking about things like this --
They're fascinating to me, but I wonder whether by writing them I'm dooming myself to be read by fewer and fewer people, because folks will either not want to read something that sends their eyes into separate orbits, or maybe they just won't be interested.
It started when saw some written in a children's book, but it's a long way from describing a raccoon for third graders, to the places I'm trying to take the style.
It’s a pretty sharp departure from what’s expected and I wonder whether I’ll do more harm than good by pursuing it.....whether more readers will be driven away than will find it interesting.
A couple of other folks have experimented with it, and there have been a number of people all along, who write standard poems but interject phrases or even whole verses in italic, which would be the counterpoint verses of a dual voice poem. That's pretty heartening, but still I wonder.
I can say it’s definitely rewarding for me as a writer, especially since it's such an A.D.D. delight --- imagine, those side thoughts and mumblings that mostly get in the way, can actually become a working part of the poem!