But walking amongst us are real-life poets, poets of the 21st Century. I've met some in the blogging world and I treasure them as personally I believe poetry writing is the most difficult type of writing.
Today, reclining on the couch, is one such elegant poet, Nilanjana Bose, whose poetry seems to flow effortlessly. Perhaps she will share some secrets with us today.
Take it away, Nilanjana!
Now I know you're a writer, Nila, so tell us about your latest project…
I don’t have any special room/space where I write, do it anywhere. There is nothing special about my writing, I just get up in the morning, and if life doesn’t get in the way, sit down and write.
What is your process for crafting a poem?
It can begin with anything, a snatch of song or conversation, an image, a news story (a recent poem Asylum took off at a news item about the Rohingyas), a writing prompt or even reading a book. Sometimes the 'prompt' gets in the head and sits quietly for ages without you knowing and then one day (or night, or at some most inconvenient time) it just takes flight, buzzing round and round literally like a bat :-) and you have to open a window and let it out...at other times it is immediate. Whenever it happens, you just have to give in and write, it will give you no peace till you've done that, you can't focus on any other task.
- Do you know Nilanjana? Have you read her poetry?
- Do you write poetry? Do you want to write poetry?