Same Sky is due to launch in exactly one week, so here’s part 2 of the recent chat I had with Cindy. And keep your eyes on the site as from tomorrow night, I will be offering readers of Another Lost Shark the opportunity to pick up a copy of this elegant, limited edition book at a special launch price. But for now, it’s over to Cindy!
Because there is such a strong sense of place in your work, I am keen to know if you do your ‘creating’ behind a desk or out in the world. Can you share with us the process you go through to get from idea to finished poem?
My process for developing ideas comes from a few different sources and is a little like stalking really. People watching is a favourite past time; I also draw on my memory of the moments (both big and small) that in some way have changed me. I find that these are great sources of inspiration for possible poems. My passion for photography also generates inspiration for poems.
There is the rare occasion that an idea flows directly into writing a poem, but usually I need to process things for some time. I like to sketch out the idea to test where it is leading. To transform these sketches into a poem, I would say I am often inspired by the reading of other poets. I like to explore how they have conveyed their ideas and consider why the structure they have used is successful.
Who are the poets that you constantly go back to? What is it about them that keeps you coming back?
I have a tendency when writing to get a bit waffly, or try to put too much in. So for me, reading poets who are adept at creating poems that are rich in imagery and paired back, is essential. I also gravitate towards poets who convey a strong sense of place in their work; those who are able to take you to a place, be it physical, or emotional and somehow make you feel, you too have visited. The likes of Robert Adamson, Aidan Coleman, Ashley Capes, Pablo Neruda, Michael Ondaatje, Lidija Cvetkovic; I could go on, these are just a few of the poets I have re-visited lately. And I often turn to haiku to help me try and reign in those unwieldy poems that have taken a wrong turn into prose country.
Another Lost Shark Publications
Same Sky by Cindy Keong
When: Saturday July 27, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Where: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley
Entry: Gold Coin Donation