Blogs by Kevin S. Hart
5/20/2006 1:34:28 PM
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This is like a diary, isn't it? I'm a horrible diarist.
I suppose I can enter a few thoughts, now and again, although I'm sure y'all might want something on a more regular basis. I know so many who are inveterate bloggers, and I keep hearing from them, asking why I don't. I haven't come up with a good reason, so I guess I'd better assimilate, and become One with the 'Net.
Last night, I was at one of my richest venues for ideas, a roadhouse music stop in San Marcos, TX. It's been alluded to in a few of my pieces, and is a big part of the next poem I have in the works. It's always fun going there; it was the place Stevie Ray Vaughn got started, and a lot of Texas greats (Willie Nelson, for one) have played the joint. Now, in case anyone thinks that all I do is sit around and drink, I'd just like to clarify that bars, music venues, restaurants, downtown 6th Street in Austin (or downtown anywhere I've ever been) are the best places for observing what goes on between people, by people, or around people. People, what they might be thinking, or how they're relating to the world around them, are my favorite subjects.
Once in a while, I'll abstract people with nature, or explore nature, but natural poetry is something I don't feel I handle well. A friend of mine once described my poetry as "masculine,straight-forward, and brutal." So, in my mind, I'm not the best person to describe the wonders, beauties, and fraility of nature. I asked, and she explained that the "brutal" description refered to my ability to not hold back emotion. It wasn't that I was trying to hurt anyone with my poems, but that I wasn't shielding people from themselves, either. So, masculine and straight-forward follow. This is a poet I admire and adore very much, so I accept her opinion as valid. I'm 46; I can't really change what I am. I will write what I see or feel, though now I do try to be a little more sensitive about certain topics.
What you read, then, is based on what I've seen, felt, or have had others relate to me. I don't enjoy exploring topics like incest ("Working Through College"), homelesness ("Ship That Never Came In"), divorce (quite a few), failed relationships (again, quite a few), but to me, these are themes that touch something in just about everybody. A lot of times, I just listen to a story someone feels they have to tell. I don't solicit; can you imagine going up to some 20-something bartender and asking if her father had ever sexually abused her? No, I don't dig for poems that way. If the topic is there, I'll explore it. But I'm certainly not going to expose one person's individul pain. If, when a person has been told that I'm a writer, says or asks, if I could maybe write something about what he or she has gone through, I'll consider it. Names, if mentioned at all, are always changed, unless I've been asked to make the piece personal. I've found that, sometimes, somebody wants their story told as a personal one, but doesn't know how to do it. If asked, I'll help.
So... where does that leave us for today? I need to mark my calendar, to at least make sure I give you another entry in a week, unless there's a huge outcry for me to shut up. Like I said, this is new to me. It may help me with my short story writing; some sort of help it certainly in order. To those of you who suffered through my one and only posted story, thank you for not ripping me to shreds. It was initially written as ad copy for a company that never responded to my fee. I really can (I think) do better.
I'll write you in a week, if not earlier. Stout hearts in strange times.
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