I wanted to write a post concerning my source showcase next week, which is largely centered around people & living source.
I struggled for awhile with figuring out how to fully understand people as a source, because they are so complex and have their own experiences that may differ from our own.
It really struck me last week, when I found out that a CNF piece of mine is to be published. I was elated, and absolutely terrified as this story is a very personal anecdote featuring my immediate family. Although this is my experience, crafted in a way that helps me to process the situation better, I realized that people are so nuanced and may have a completely different take on something that I would. My older sister doesn’t remember half of the stuff in my CNF piece, and she is adamant that some sections “never happened” (though I have a vivid recollection of them).
For my source showcase, I am going to attempt to discover and showcase people as nuanced living sources in a way that reflects my writing. 99% of my poetry is about people, mixed with the specific language of an object that somehow characterizes both the person and gives solid imagery of a person through these objects. My poetry is often trying to understand people better through something that seems wholly other than them (i.e. my father and the language of US Mint). It provides me with a different dimension of that person to help me to describe/relay an experience better.
Aaaaaaanyway, I’d like to pose a few questions to you all to think about prior to my showcase on the 12th:
- How would you feel about being the source of someone else’s poetry?
- How do you attempt to write about people in a way that shows their complexity and nuances?
- What are challenges you’ve had in writing about people or an experience with people?
- Have you ever talked with the source of your poetry and asked them about their opinions on being a source?
- What people tend to be the biggest source(s) of your poetry?