Some of you may interview poets. For example, you might have a blog in which you post interviews with poets whose work you have read. You might also discover a poet and simply want to know more about them, their work, and poetry. If something like this is the case, you might be wondering what kinds of questions you could ask a poet during an interview. Here are some ideas:
Do you recall your first published poem or the first poem you posted online? What was it? What was it about?
Sometimes a poet can find themselves writing about the same subjects. Examples of this might be writing about love or nature. When you find yourself writing about the same subjects, how do you keep your poems fresh and different from each other?
Do you ever read poems you wrote months or years later? If so, how do you feel about them when you do? How do you interpret them? Did your view of them change over time?
Could you explain a particular poem you wrote (suggest one)? What is it about? What does the symbolism mean?
Do you use form in your poetry? If so, how so? Do you use traditional forms? Do you invent forms? Do you develop a form as you write a poem?
How long does it take you to write a poem? Do you write them at one time, or do you come back and revise them?
Are your poems more inward looking, focusing on your life and experiences, or are they more outward looking, focusing more on the world and society?
How has your work changed over time? Are you writing about the same or different things? How has the expression changed?
What kinds of poetry do you like to read? What subjects do you like to read about? What styles of poetry do you prefer?
Do you prefer poetry that is obscure, with a meaning hidden in symbolism, or do you prefer poetry that is overt, where the meaning is clear to the reader?
These are some ideas for questions. Of course, you could ask other questions. When asking questions, the idea should be to learn something. It should be to learn something of value for yourself and for those who might read the answers you get.
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