Blogs by Katy L Walsvik
when I read
9/22/2004 7:01:52 AM
I get notes from people, asking me why I quit reading them... I never "quit" reading anyone... I never want to feel obligated to read, no one should, ever. When I read a poem, I am entirely focused on that piece, undistracted, nearly deaf to everything but what I feel and 'hear' and see on the page. It makes no sense to me.. NONE.. to simply leave a word or a line, to prove that I 'made an appearance' on someone's site. What I give back, in my comments, is a true response to what I've just absorbed. When I move to another read, I'm done with the last one. Sometimes people refer to words I've said... they sound unfamiliar to me, because I don't recall them. You see, when I focus, I go way inside the poem, and the poem goes way inside me, if it appeals to me. When I leave a site, I'm back in the 'real world' and that deep, 'connecting' place is quiet again, until someone again appeals to me with his/her words. I read many things that do NOT move me and I refuse to leave a comment just to please them that I've read ... I think to just toss some word or a tired phrase onto the page, perhaps so he/she will then read me, in turn, is doing both of us a disservice. On the other hand, unlike many in AD, I have precious little time to spend online... far less than I long to have. Therefore, I simply miss many of the poems that may have moved me and touched me... I cannot play "catch-up" or I would never write! I hope those who I have commented on know that what I say to them comes from a deep, sincere place in me.... If anyone reads me only out of a feeling of obligation, please don't. I would never expect someone to read me just because I read her/him. It defeats the whole purpose of being swept away by this magical art form. If you're anything like me, writing poetry is like giving birth... it WILL be born! Having produced its final 'being' is its own reward. I love so many marvelous people in AD... but I don't read them because I love them. I read poems, stories, articles, etc. And I thank the writers who have moved or touched me... who have sent me into oblivious shreeks of laughter... who have changed my outlook... who have made me wish I had written what he/she wrote, the purest form of flattery, if you think about it. Never read because you 'owe' someone. Read because your head and your heart NEED it. Isn't that why we write?
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