Our next Poet of the Week catch up is with Orc_Pirate_68.
Why did you choose Deep Underground Poetry?
I was going through a bit of a dark, sinister mood (which I do on ocassion to relieve anger at personal situations and society, in a sort of cathartic way), listening to hard rock, heavy/Trash/Nu/Death/Black Metal, Cyber-Metal, Industrial, Trance, House, Big Room, Dark Synthwave, and Horror music, and reading dark quotes, and I decided to go looking for dark poetry where I found some on DeepUnderground and well...here I am!
Do you think social media contributes to the well-being of poetry?
Yes, it helps get more poetry out to the world though posts and links to posts, as well as helping to get more topics out in the open and discussed.
Who is/are your greatest poetic inspiration/s?
(Some of them may not be poets or not entirely, but their writing styles really resonate with me.)
Edgar Allan Poe, Upton Sinclair, Scott Cunningham (his spiritual and magickal beliefs, and the way he writes to where you don't need prior knowledge from previous books to read sequels), Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Earnest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jim Davis (Garfield never creases to brighten my day with laughter, and I have always loved jokes, puns, and the like), Debbie Macomber, etc....
What inspires you personally to write? How important is the accessibility of meaning?
What inspires me, is those I love and care for such as Brad Dourif, my family (including my cats and dogs) and my friends, my Pagan faith, things I have a fondness for such as but not limited to: Nature, Figuring out who I am and my place in this world, Pirates, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Steampunk, lore and legends, ancient religions and history, rhymes, jokes, puns, riddles, wordplay, Cyber-Goth, video games, tabletop games, music, art, antiques, architecture and so on, personal experiences, and my emotional responses to said experiences.
The accessibility of meaning? Well, if you write what you feel, write what you want, it doesn't matter if people understand what it's supposed to be about, if you want to explain the meaning, that's up to you. The accessibility of meaning only really counts in academic/science/mathematical/business/self-help/etc books/writings (and even then, can still be interpreted vastly different, or even just a little bit differently).
Should one have to work hard to solve the poem?
Depends on the writer, the work they are writing, and the reader, and can be a case by case basis if the writer and/or reader so chooses.
Why do you recommend Deep Underground Poetry?
It is a wonderful, friendly, nurturing, inspiring, interesting, fun place to share your work, critique and/or complement others' work and vise versa, to chat and learn about literature, literature techniques, and about other members and the way they write and think, and have some friendly competition. The feeling of pride at winning a competition (even though the initial goal is to just have fun, winning is a bonus) is a very positive experience that I have found helps motivate me to continue to write.