Ah! Yes, we meet again on this fine Wednesday at Jingle Poetry. Welcome to Meet the Poet. This marks the third week that Lovely Annie and Tracy Harris have interviewed stunning individuals of the poetic elite. This week’s interview is a bit different. I, Lovely Annie, have had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Lynn of Laura Lynn Poetry. Laura Lynn has not been to any rallies, one-stop, or potlucks…yet. So I offer for your reading pleasure Laura Lynn’s Jingle Poetry community debut!
Annie: Will you tell us about yourself?
Laura: My name is Laura. I live in spectacular Louisville, KY! My life is pretty regular. I work a basic job during the day in health care and write at night. I don't have an exact pattern to my life. I can be a little random and spontaneous.
Annie: What is it about poetry that makes you want to write?
Laura: Poetry is my way of expression. I have always expressed myself through writing and poetry doesn't limit me. I can write everything that rolls around in my head. It is amazing!
Annie: Can you remember writing your first poem?
Laura: I remember the first poem I wrote when I decided to be a writer. I was 10 or 11. It was called "Never Let your Dreams Die". I typed it and I still have the copy!
Annie: I would love to read that poem someday! Do you have a particular style of poetry you prefer?
Laura: Free verse is my favorite. I don't like having limits.
Annie: No limits! That’s fantastic. Are there any styles of poetry you find difficult or annoying, and why?
Laura: Not really. I haven't really tried any particular style since high school. I mainly stick to free verse.
Annie: Do you write more than poetry?
Laura: Yes, I do. Poetry has been my main focus of late but I have a few stories and half novels I worked on in the past.
Annie: Do you have a favorite poem? One written by you, of course!
Laura: That is a hard question. But to choose just one I have to say "Tiger, Tiger". I first wrote that poem when I was 12 and my perfectionist side couldn't let it go. I continued to tinker with it and finally called it a poem at 14. That poem speaks a lot. It will always hold a special place in my heart.
Annie: Thank you for sharing that with us. May I share a link to a poem on your blog?
Laura: Go ahead!
Annie: This link is to the first poem I read by Laura. I was caught on the thorns of this poetic rose!
Annie: Do you have a favorite poet, poem, or both?
Laura: I have many. Poetry was my greatest pleasure growing up. It is so hard to say. Poetry is my passion!
“Birches” by Robert Frost
“Lady of Shalott” by Alfred Lord Tenneyson
I love Edgar Allan Poe. Especially the beginning of his poem “Stanzas”.
I used to write this part of the poem everywhere! On my walls, notebooks…I have all of Poe’s poetry.
Annie: I used to write poetry and lyrics on my walls as well! Some poets have certain places that they write. Do you have a place that inspires you?
Laura: I don't have one. I can get inspired anywhere and not one certain place or thing can trigger a writing streak. I have moments at work. Shhhh….Don’t Tell.
Annie: I won’t! A little off the subject…What is your favorite type of music?
Laura: I am not particular to one style. It all depends on my mood. Some days I will stick to one style and other days I will jump from rock to country to classical. I love music and listen to all different types.
Annie: Favorite book?
Laura: Emily of New Moon by Lucy M Montgomery. It was my favorite as a child and I can still get lost in it.
Annie: I have never heard of it. I will check it out! Can you share a quote that serves as an inspiration to you, your life, your poetry?
Laura: I have many! This one is by William Blake.
Annie: That fits well with your “No limits” policy! I dig it…Any other creative passions?
Laura: Photography is my other main passion. I'm also dabbling a little in design but I do not have any drawing skills. I like looking at anything to find some way of altering it. I want to get back into painting but I really do not have any talent with it. I love being creative and I am always finding ways to do it even when it comes to cooking.
Annie: Creativity abounds in your world! That makes me happy. Ok, Important question: If you could have dinner with any famous dead person who would it be, and where would you dine?
Laura: Edgar Allen Poe and James Dean. Yes, I know I picked two. It would be nice to dine somewhere outside at a lovely little bistro or something of that nature.
Annie: I’m glad you picked two! What a wonderful duo. I can hardly imagine what that would be like. Now, for a tough question.
Imagine you are making a mix tape (yep tape) what is your A side play list?
Laura: Holy Jupiter! I will have to get back with you on that one.
Annie: I am going to hold you to that promise. Later this week I will post your Side A play list as an update! It is imperative that we know what you would name a band if you were in one. Can you give me the name, first album title, and the first single?
Band: Drops of Rain (first thing that popped in my head)
Album: Drops of Rain
First Single: Steady as I go
Annie: Steady as I Go. I love it! Before I let you go I just want to mention that you are an avid “tweeter” and have a poetry blog on Blogger. You mentioned to me that what you want the most is more feedback on your poems.
Laura: Yes. I am such a perfectionist! Sometimes I have to make myself post a poem so I will stop trying to make it “perfect”. Twitter friends will tell me they visited my blog, but they never leave comments!
Annie: Well, welcome to Jingle Poetry Laura! Our Monday Potluck is all about reading, honoring, and sharing our individual poetic gift! You mentioned your computer is on the fritz, but I, we, cordially invite you to share some poetry.
I know I will visit your blog, and feel certain members of this lovely community will welcome you by stopping in.
Check Laura out at:
Before we sign off I would like to see what the stars have in store for you this week!
ROB BRESNY’S FREE WILL ASTROLOGY:
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Thank you so much for allowing me the honor of interviewing you! I also want to let you know that i am so excited that we were able to meet face to face! Connecting with an amazing poet who just happens to live ten minutes from my place is a wonderful surprise!
I look forward to connecting with you on Twitter, your blog, and face to face soon! Brendan's for appetizers and wine!!
On behalf of the Jingle Poetry community: Welcome, Laura! We all look forward to sharing our poetry and our feedback with you.
Laura, you are lovely! Have a phenomenal day today! I mean, You ARE famous now!
Be sure to stop by for another dazzling interview at Wednesday's Meet the Poet next week. The interview will be hosted by the dynamic and charming Tracy Harris!
Until Next Time...