And What About Line Breaks?

Tumblr poetry. Pop poetry. Erasures. Found poetry. Macro. Line breaks. It’s not poetry poetry. 

What do I call this? I call it, first and foremost, snobbery. Second of all I call it Modern Poetry.

Poetry changes, it adapts and you can never make it perfect, however hard you study for a MFA. Don’t sterilize or censor your words. Write like the wind, take what it picks up in its fierce gusts. 

I hated poetry. I had to analyze two poems for English exams. It should be banned trying to figure out what a poet was thinking while writing the poem, and reading between the lines.

We already have various different poetry forms. The haiku, the prose poem etc. and nobody is getting in a flap about those. Line breaks too have been around for centuries. 

Tumblr poetry I find particularly offensive, because it suggests poetry by overly emotional, anonymous, and women poets isn’t ‘proper’ poetry. I found when on Tumblr the poetry community an enormous benefit.

And that begs the question what on earth is proper poetry? We all have our own likes and dislikes, and some poetry that moves me may not move you. 


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Do Men Read? 

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Growing up in an environment where men didn’t read, I remember only one uncle who encouraged my thirst for knowledge, and actually gifted me my copy of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. The men didn’t write either.

Older now I know men do read and write. I think after a certain age unless you are considered, heaven forbid, a ‘nerd’ it might be thought rather strange if you are inclined to read, or write. 

As a teen there didn’t seem to be an abundance of male writers writing about romance, not in the same way as there was Enid Blyton, Judy Blume, Ann.M.Martin, Malorie Blackman, and Jacqueline Wilson. Books to appeal to males had to have high octane action, or humour. Of course, there is David Levithan and John Green, to name two. Fantasy coming into YA still seems to be in its stage of infancy.

As a female in an environment of those that didn’t consider literature a worthy pursuit I was often referred to as the one with ‘her head in a book,’ I thought there might be some shame in that, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting to learn. 

If you’re a writer, when did you start to write? What were your earliest influences?


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Are 16 year olds capable of being taken seriously as a published author? 

As a book blogger I get a lot of emails  from people asking if I would read and review their book. I have recently received an email from a girl, who has just turned sixteen, & has a series of books available, and she wrote, let’s face it, I’m sixteen, who’s going to take me seriously?

And, you know, I haven’t ever actually considered that, such is my confidence in my own writing, I’ve been trying to sell it since I was sixteen!

But I remember the reactions in school, my announcement I’m writing a book about a depressed kid! Oh wow, great, were the replies, & my asking do you want to read some of it? & the reply oh, uh, do I have to, & my pressing yep & then the polite that’s quite good feedback. 

Well, it wasn’t at that stage, but isn’t it the responsibility of a kind English teacher to foster this kind of potential, and talent?

Isn’t this the beginning for any wannabe writer, if you aren’t encouraged at home isn’t school the next best place to find a cheerleader for your writing, that you have now bravely ‘come out’ about. Now people will forever see you as The Writer. 

I certainly wouldn’t send a sixteen year old away myself. 

Do you subscribe to the view that younger writers are not capable of writing a dead good novel? Do you know of any young writers that have been published?  Zoella comes to mind. 


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Kindle or Print? And what about Audible? 

Print or Kindle 

The debate has been going on for a while. Do people actually love the Kindle? Or, like me, were most of the books you have downloaded on your Kindle free during a promotion? 

My Kindle has five hundred + books on it. As a book blogger the books can stack up, although I’m not really sure how I am going to read all of those books in one lifetime. 

An actual book you can deal with. They can be used as mats, coasters, cushions, wallpaper, notebooks, fly squatters … And try reading your Kindle in the bath! You feel it’s a bit safer with an actual book.

As a writer too having an actual book seems to cement your success. People are more inclined to believe you have spent the last twelve months hoarding paper, being remote and declining any invitations for dinner if you have an actual book to show for it.

I have to say I like both. I can write notes on pages of my Kindle. I wouldn’t dare touch an actual book with ink. That spoils it! 

Of course, Audible is now coming into the wings. This argument could all change again. Do you think Audible is the new trend that will outgrow the age old tradition of using our own eyes to read? 

Do you prefer the Kindle or print? 


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