Neil Hester

All poems © Neil Hester unless otherwritten

Location: North Carolina, United States

Thursday, May 29, 2008

A Conversational Sonnet

Lately, I've written a few conversational poems, which are largely made up of scattered dialogue. Since I doubt this poem has much chance of being published in an online magazine/journal due to its nature (I haven't really been doing many submissions lately; the only reply I'm waiting on is one from StorySouth), here you go:


Answering the Question

“So- do you like him?”          “So­- do you like her?”
Well, yes, but not yet­­­­-           ­She can’t know just yet-
Inquiry, out on a whim- How can the two deter
Such a question? Should I say yes, Should I say no,
Then he would know,            She may come to know
And then­­ he- unless               A sad untruth- unless
I could avoid answering altogether...
Not so!
Whether or not you answer, they’ll know.
“Well... do you?”                    “Well... do you?”
“Um...” What to do               “Well...” Overdue
To answer! What do I say? What I do say? What...

“You know what? I don’t really care anymore.” “But-”

They both answered clearly by slight hesitation,
Unraveled sincerely by mute adoration.


Y'know, this sort of poem is quite the pain to format in HTML. Also, I'm starting to wonder how important online poetry publications are. I'll definitely do some submissions over the summer, but actually getting published seems like a series of longshots (it's a good thing I have some sort of résumé, or it'd seem even more difficult).

Anyhow, I just got back from a school trip a couple days ago (after finishing my last day of school the previous Friday), so hopefully I'll be ready to do some more substantial blog entries after a bit of rest. Until then-

Take Care,

Sunday, May 18, 2008

So Very Busy...

...but the blog must move forward, however slowly. Today, I will highlight some of the more interesting posts I've read lately.

To start, An Important Discussion About Poetry Online. While I never have and never will enter into poetry forum participation, I did find the discussion (and Art's comments) fairly interesting.

To The Zoo! Jess and Dan visited the zoo a while back, and Jess was kind enough to share her pictures with us. Cat lovers will be particularly pleased with her photographs. Also- a strange coincidence concerning Sister Carrie.

Jason Sanford recently wrote The Liar's Review of James Frey's Bright Shiny Morning. Funny stuff.

Finally, to conclude this brief list of highlights, Wanderlust Scarlett went Wandering With Bay a few weeks ago. Bay is quite adorable, and Wanderlust certainly showed her a wonderful time.

Next week is my last week of school; I should get a chance to relax and write in the near future, "should" being the key word.

Take Care,

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Yeats for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner?

"The differences in approach that are imperceptible to the audience contribute to the uniqueness of a quality writer's work."

"Every piece I've written is a piece that the rest of you are wholly incapable of writing; the same rule applies to all of us [the poets in the Cosmoetica mailing list], as we all, at the very least, have some semblance of talent (and, by extension, unique voice). While the common goal (to produce worthwhile art) is the same, each of us provides a different viewpoint and style, so every worthwhile poem we write has its own unique value. Where does competition come into play? To quote Jess: 'Good poem. Now that's one less for me to write. I'm jealous.' Hooray for constructive sarcasm. Anyhow, if there's a competition or challenge to be had in art, it's an internal one that involves besting yourself whenever possible. Instead of worrying about what other people think, work for self-satisfaction via self-improvement, and work on a personal scale, not one that has 'Great' plastered at the top of it."

The first is quoted from my previous blog entry. The second is my response to a analogy posited in an exchange over the Cosmoetica newsletter that suggested that writing poetry was a competition of sorts. Now, a quote from Jess:

" cannot out Stevens Stevens or out Yeats Yeats just as Hester cannot out Schneider Schneider..."

The point is not to best anyone else's personal voice. Any poet who writes quality poetry has his or her own unique worth. Artists shouldn't compete; they should come together, offering each other support and (honest and accurate) criticsm in order to provide a diverse pool of art for people to dive into and explore. Wait, wait- here it comes, the dumb metaphor! Get ready for this- art is food for the soul. Let's say Yeats is bread ('cause his name anagrams into "yeast"); would you want to eat nothing but bread for your entire life? Maybe if you're obsessed with Yeats/yeast. Any sensible person, however, needs an array of different flavors and textures to keep the meals enjoyable. I'll gladly take a little Shelley and Schneider with my Crane (mm, bird) and Yeats (and, perhaps, a bit of Hester on the side ~_^).

In short- art's not a competition, and every time a new artist graces the world with quality art, it's worthwhile, regardless of whether or not that person has reached an "immortal" status, or ever will. So, to all capable artists (especially poets!) out there- look inward, not outward, if you're looking for someone to best.

Take Care,

LAEvaside: It's May! [/laevaside]