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Hello! Thanks to [personal profile] jjhunter for the invitation to play poetry host this week, although I am also of course your guest -- an interesting combination of roles. I beg your indulgence as I try to figure out how things work around here. (I just got an account on Saturday.) I have an online bio if you're interested in publications and such.

As my blog Via Negativa and the literary magazine I edit, qarrtsiluni, both testify, I have a weakness for themed series. So this week I wanted to post a series of poems illustrating some idea or approach that might be of interest to working poets at all skill levels, and what I finally settled upon is poetry and research. I'll share examples of poems I've written that required varying amounts of historical or scientific research to write, and talk about how creative writing can actually assist the process of investigation, leading us to insights we might not otherwise have had. Along the way, I'll recommend other authors and books and invite you to share your own recommendations and experiences.

My original thought for this week was to write about what I know best: the online culture of self-publishing, sharing and collaboration, with examples of poems I've written or envideoed that wouldn't have happened if I were still confined to typewriter and print publication. And I still think that's an interesting topic -- one which I'd enjoy hearing from y'all about, actually, because there are so many inspiring stories out there. How has writing here, or being on the internet generally, helped your work? Or do you have to unplug from the internet to get anything useful written? (That's my situation sometimes, I must admit.)

Date: 2012-02-13 06:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Welcome and well come, [personal profile] dave_bonta! Poetry and research is an excellent topic, and one that has been touched on but not brought center stage so far. It puts me in mind of [community profile] leftoverresearchquarterly & the way that the poet, like any writer, is especially hungry for knowing and experiencing - and what is research but a systematic approach to the acquisition of knowledge?

In regards to 'the online culture of self-publishing, sharing and collaboration', that's a topic near and dear to POETREE as a community. I think you might especially enjoy talking to members who do crowdfunded projects - e.g. [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith hosts a monthly crowdfunded Poetry Fishbowl. [personal profile] alee_grrl, [personal profile] peoppenheimer, [personal profile] lizcommotion and I have also done some fun things with the 'haikai' format.

I'll leave it at that for now since I have go finish my bread dough prep; I look forward to your next post.
Edited (bad html redux - apologies for inbox spam) Date: 2012-02-13 06:22 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-02-13 06:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alee_grrl
Two of my favorite topics. :)

I am often online when I write, because it makes it so much easier to jump into research when I realize I have a topic I need more info about. I also utilize online thesauruses a lot. However there are still times where I go someone not off the grid, carrying only a notebook and pen, and write or draw. It was how I started writing years ago. I remember when someone gave me a journal as a little girl, right about the time I was really getting into writing and poetry. I didn't start using a computer to write until college (late 90s). But now I generally prefer writing that way. But sometimes there is something wonderfully tactile to taking a pen to paper. :)

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Date: 2012-02-13 08:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alee_grrl
It does take a lot of paper! I always forget that myself. Plus my handwriting gets worse the longer I'm in school (the more I try to fit into notes=the faster I try to write=the worse my handwriting gets). Reading the edits and notes on a word processor is so much easier. :) I don't take a lot of my class notes on my computer, but only because I find having my computer in class can be a bit too distracting at times.

Date: 2012-02-14 05:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
I eagerly await your discussion of poetry and research! My undergrad is in history, which basically means my undergrad is in research. I know a lot about historical research and writing papers with Chicago-style footnotes, but oddly haven't combined my research and writing as much. Or rather, it gets kind of bogged down. I'll have an idea, need to do research, go off to fact check, and then the writing idea will fizzle. I think I need a good way to write something while the research is still in progress, or at least a way to keep the fiery writing ideas from cooling and becoming less interesting.

Date: 2012-02-14 05:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
I should say, I haven't combined my research and creative writing as much.

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