26 comments on “Blog Tour

  1. I knew I would be amazed by your words, as I always am. its SO Wonderful to learn more about your process and how you create the beautiful and touching pieces I enjoy EVERY day! So glad you joined in 🙂

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  2. It’s really cool to hear about your writing process. For me too, poems often start with a phrase. Sometimes I’ll have a phrase ringing through my head for weeks and weeks, though, before I put it in a poem; the other words just come later. It usually happens when I find the subject that the phrase best fits in metaphorically. (Most vibrantly I remember this happening with the phrase “snow in the shadows,” which turned into my poem Eternal Morning.) It’s either that or a strong emotion or emotional situation that brings out poetry.

    Thanks for sharing the really interesting questions and your answers!

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  3. A glimpse into a remarkable mind giving just enough away to provide the reader an insight devoid of ego – and that absence of ego is a rare thing to discover in those who own the ‘gift.’

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  4. Thank you, Paul, for taking the challenge . . . I am moved by your reflection on ‘process’ and reminded how the cup of water we share is drawn from the well of our experience: its sweetness a reflection of our deep-souled joys; its musk a reflection of our time-tested suffering. Your poems are windows in walls where others hang landscapes . . . Blessings . . .

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  5. To read more about you and how you come to write poetry made me also see how my own mind works when it comes to writing. So much I can relate to! From the mother that taught us to read to what you say about genres.
    Thank you for nominating me, I am really honoured and I shall do my best to keep the tour going 🙂

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  6. Thank you, Paul. I’m chuffed anything I write would inspire anyone. I’ve followed you since almost as soon as I started here and wondered at the array of language and subject matter. It’s great to read your insights. I’ll certainly do my best to keep the ball rolling. Anne-Marie.x

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    • your poetry is a genuine joy to read and I look forward to learning more about such a talented writer – how or why I ever referred to you as “Heather” I will never know, but I’ve corrected my post, Anne-Marie, and beg your forgiveness

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      • That’ll be me rolling about in the heather!
        Thanks Paul. I’ve just started my school holidays Yay! for six and a half weeks so I’ll have time to give this thought. I know how these things, as you say, can seem a breeze till you start to mull them over. I don’t know that I’ve ever given process thought! I’m sincerely complimented by your words. Thank you.x

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  7. Well, Paul, this prose piece is as satisfying as your poetry. I love, and heartily agree with, your answer to question 3. Life shouldn’t be categorized and put into boxes. If you’re looking to broaden your literary horizons, I highly recommend Madeleine L’Engle’s non-fiction, especially “Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art.”

    Oh, and have you ever thought about reaching out to “Parable” magazine, published by the Diocese of NH? I know the editor.

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  8. Interesting to read about your working process, Paul. I tend to agree that publishing does put one’s work ‘to bed’ and mark it as complete – avoids over editing which can kill a piece.

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  9. Hi Paul, I appreciate your insights and perspectives as a writer. Like you, I’ve come into it late and still enjoying it mostly as a creative process and secondarily as a way to connect with others. Maybe similar to your 2 reckonings. How wonderful that your writing has developed so much to fill hearts, readers, books and more. Something for me to aspire to. Thanks, Brd

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