|Dave takes a picture at Rhoneymeade--|
arboretum, sculpture garden, and labyrinth.
MY: I’m thinking in particular of a number of writer (or ex-writer) friends and acquaintances who have grown dark and discouraged over time, and who might have done as you have done — perhaps not exactly the same, as not many have either your freedoms or your interest in multiple forms. What sort of online alternative activities or forms would you recommend to such writers?
DB: Hmm. Well, It's easy enough to start a blog at a site like WordPress.com, but not every writer is sufficiently gregarious to be able to build up an audience (more on that below). But there are hundreds and hundreds of good online magazines looking for content — the Links page of qarrtsiluni is a good place to start. I would also point out that poetry can be worked into any number of other online media. It's not hard to accumulate Twitter followers with poetic updates, for example, and Facebook will accommodate poetry as well as anything else if you really want friends and family to read your stuff. And for someone who has technical skills and is willing to learn new things, online audio and video platforms such as Jamendo and YouTube are still chronically underexploited by poets.
|From Dave's ramblings at Plummer's Hollow:|
wood frog eggs anchored to a stick
in an ephemeral spring pool. April 2008.
DB: I suppose so. In general, I think the best medicine for the kind of discouragement you mentioned in your previous question is to join a community of writers, online or in real life, and focus on the writing rather than the writer. A lot of writers are way too self-absorbed, so I suppose they'll remain dissatisfied no matter how successful they get.
|Dave at home in Plummer's Hollow, 2008.|
He takes a picture of a tattered Compton tortoise shell.