Sunday, April 29, 2007

oooh, ooooh, another interview featuring my artwork will be coming soon - this time with Artella (, and will appear in the Artella Daily Muse. I'll post the date the interview will appear as soon as I find out.

I've also enetered three of my NaPo poems in their Poetic Idol Contest, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Soon now, in May, I'll be posting all the poems I wrote at PFFA for the NaPo 2007 Challenge - everyone who participated wrote at least one poem a day for the entire month of April which is National Poetry Month. Napo brought my muse out of a ten month coma, so I'm very grateful for that because I'm writing again - YAY! And I think I wrote some decent poems this year. My goal was to concentrate on sonics and imagery, and to do some experimenting. I think I succeeded. So, stay tuned.


Blogger Angie said...

woohoo! Congratulations Cookie! You go girl.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Cookala said...

thank you, sweet Angie! you amaze me with your energy - you still manage to stop by here while you'r doing napo! you go, girl!

11:16 PM  
Blogger James said...

Wow, Cookala. Congratulations. I'll bet money on you placing either 1,2,3. Of course I'm broke, but it's the confidence that counts, right? I do believe you can win. :D

Good luck. Best,

(PS: in case you still wondered, yup, I'm fifteen. This is kind of annoying in terms of writing, since I can only do this much *shows with fingers* with poems at the moment.)

8:56 AM  
Blogger Cookala said...

hi, James! welcome and so nice to see you found me here! thank you for your confidence, wish I was as confident as you!! heh. I have to say it again, you're an extremely good writer for your age. I would wholeheartedly encourage you to keep studying and honing your poetic skill set. You have a definite talent for writing poetry, and a definite voice. You should be proud of your poems - they're quite good. I'm so curious I have to ask you - who are your fave poets? and have any of them been a big influence on your own style of writing? and lastly, how long have you been writing? if you don't mind me prying, that is.

5:05 PM  
Blogger James said...

Thank you, Cookala. Very nice of you to say so.

As far as poets goes: Carl Phillips (who's been a major influence on me, and my style is pretty similar to his, although his is much more honed); T. S. Eliot; W. B. Yeats; The Greek Poets (Sappho, etc); The Roman; Mark Doty; William Carlos Williams; Poe; Whitman (especially his line breaks); Louise Gluck.

I also like Sylvia Plath, but she's not been an influence: it's more her eyes for fresh imagery than interesting syntax, that I see as good in hers. I don't understand the uniqueness of Robert Frost yet, but I want to like him. I also begin liking Seamus more and more.

Pinsky, Goldbarth, etc. don't intrigue me.


how long have you been writing


Poetry or writing in general? I started writing in January 2005, I think, but didn't begin writing poetry before 7 months ago or something. I've always loved the musicality in writing, and when I realised there was more to poetry than rhyming, I began to take a liking for it, more so than writing. This I realised after a friend of mine's excellent poetry writing herself (and I still think her poems extremely good), who pointed me in the direction of poets like C. Phillips and Yeats. Never looked back after that.

I don't know how long seven months is, though: it seems some of you have been writing for almost a decade.

I wish I could show you my first poem, but it seems I've taken it down from the net. :(

Who's your favourites? How long have you been writing? to turn the mutual interest to you. ;)

3:07 AM  
Blogger piktor said...

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8:42 PM  
Blogger Scotty said...

WTG, Cookie, feels good to get out of the slump, don't it?

I guess I should workshop some of mine soon but I'm gonna take a wee break first (a voluntary one, lol).


4:12 AM  
Blogger Cookala said...

James, sorry for the long delay in getting back to you - having a problem with my home connection, DNS name resolution stuff. I'm not familiar with Phillips, but will check him out now. You seem very well read - better read than me! My fave poet is Seamus Heaney. After him, I'd have to say Shelley, Shakespearre, St. Vincent Benet, Dorianne Laux, Sharon Olds, Timothy Steele, Larkin, Wilbur, Kooser, Yusef Komunakaya, to name a few, but there are many more poets I like out there. I haven't read many of the old poets, or the Greeks, though I should.

I started writing poetry in March 2001. Most of what I've learned is self-taught, but a good part of that came from hanging at PFFA. I owe my knowledge of meter to Howard Miller, though I don't write in meter very often. Meter requires a whole different mind set from free verse.

Seems I go in cyclic spurts with poetry - I work at it very intensely for some long months and murder my muse, who then hides from me for some months. Wash, lather, repeat...

Alot is determined by how hectic my life becomes - right now it's extremely busy for me at work, and at home - my boss tore three muscles in his foot so I have to run the facility - I work in IT, usually at a Network Administrator but really do it all where pcs are concerned. It's been keeping me from playing catch up with the Napo threads I missed, and from C&C on the napo poems I wrote.

My artwork has been keeping me busy, too - just did another interview for a site named Artella, and I have cards to make for swaps coming up as well as those for private trading. My atc cards have been in demand for awhile now, so I guess people like my stuff.

so, gotta run! am at work now and internet usage is really a no no so I have to keep it brief. later.
and keep writing!

5:58 AM  
Blogger Cookala said...

thanks, Scotty! yes it does! though right now there's no time to write right now for me - just too busy. really happy napo broke your slump, too! definitely take a small break, but not too long - slumps have a way of getting started that way. be well. will visit you asap.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Cookala said...

piktor - cool stuff. will stop back to absorb when I catch a break!

6:03 AM  
Blogger piktor said...

Cookala, I withdrew from the Spilled blog. Today (May 7,2007)the author "cocainejesus" posted a text that is revolting to me.

I no longer have anything to do with that blog.

I designed the background and most of the head illustration.

The stuff I had at Spilled you can see at:

6:27 PM  

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