It is an honor to work with my co-editors Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend) and Jack Horne. The positive feedback I get from contributors that work with them is a joy. I proposed a short interview for readers and writers to get to know them a bit better. It is a pleasure to share their thoughts with you.
Please take time to thank them as without their commitment to our online journal, Whispers would cease to be. Inge and Jack, you are talented and insightful writers and editors. It is a gift to be able to work with you.
Blessings to all,
I live in a small village in the province Groningen which is situated North-East in the Netherlands. When I look out the window of my small apartment, I see the cows in the meadow. It's quiet and that's the way I like it. When I need some change of scenery, I stay with my friend for a while.
I started to write as a teenager to express my feelings, I had a diary and sometimes a poem popped up. I always liked it to play with language in a humorous way and wrote a lot of Dutch limericks which I sadly lost. About 6 years ago, I started to write in English. I felt I wanted to share my words and would reach a broader readership this way. At first, I wrote all rhymed poems about my feelings, but my poetry has evolved from describing the beauty of nature to more critical poems, all in free verse nowadays. Sometimes I like to write special poetry forms but mostly it restricts my spontaneity because I have to think too much about syllables, subjects etc. My best poems are the spontaneous ones.
It has become a part of my life. When I don't write for a while I get restless as if something has to come out. Sure, I have these moments that I don't have the slightest idea what I should write about. The prompt that works for me is to take two sentences, each from different pages from a book as a basis for a poem.
Jack Horne—Whispers’ Activity Feature Editor—email@example.com
Where are you living? Can you tell readers the assets of living in your current community?
I live in Plymouth, Devon (South West England). Plymouth is famous for its Drake & Pilgrim Fathers/Mayflower connections, but I live about 5 miles from the sea. Where we live is fairly close to the moors. In fact, my current workplace is on the threshold of Dartmoor. From my bedroom window, I can see hundreds of trees in the nearby woods - I often sit here at my desk & enjoy happy memories of walking our dogs, Pads & Nero...many years ago.
When did you start writing poetry and why?
As a youngster, I enjoyed writing limericks, but it wasn't until I was around 11 & fell in love for the first time (with a girl in my class at school) that I felt the need to write serious poetry. I poured out my feelings for her in my secret notebook but was too shy to ever let Suzanne read any of my ramblings. (Maybe that was just as well...) Years later, I realised that ladies usually respond very favourably to poetry & I wrote sonnets for several women, who had stolen my heart. I also found that poetry can be a catharsis & was helped enormously by writing poems during bad times of my life - my gran & dad died of cancer; my wife left me for someone whom she'd met on the internet; I eventually met another lady, but the relationship was very short-lived... Well, no one's life is all sunshine & no rain - as someone once said, we need rain to see rainbows - but some of those poems were the most powerful I've ever written.
What drives your passion for writing poetry today?
Sometimes, my muse just doesn't want to work! At times like that, I read my favourite poems - Frost's, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, Shakespeare's “Sonnet 29”, Wordsworth's “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, Carol Ann Duffy's “Valentine”, Spike Milligan's “A Silly Poem” - & by the time I'm halfway through reading those, my muse is positively champing at the bit. (When I want to write prose, I always read Susan Hill's “The Woman in Black” & that has the same effect!) When my muse is active, I find I have ideas dancing round in my head & they won't rest - or let me rest - until I put them down on paper (or on the computer screen). I don't think I could live without writing!