The subject of poetic voice has occupied my thoughts considerably of late. I wonder about my own poetic voice, how it resonates with my readers, and how it has changed over the past ten years.
Late last night (or was it early this morning?) I happened upon today’s New York Times book review Wild Irish by Brad Leithauser featuring Seamus Heaney’s newest poetry collection, District and Circle. This article focuses on Seamus Heaney’s poetic voice among other things, and its evolution throughout Heaney’s artistic career.
Amid the cacophony of cicadas outside, my thoughts drifted away from Leithauser’s well-crafted article, and back into my own self-indulgent ponderings: How does my poetic voice sound to others? How has it grown and changed? How can I improve it?
The subject of voice is by no means limited to poets. Be they musicians, painters, buskers, programmers, dancers – all artists have some sort of distinguishable “voice” which emerges from their unique perceptions, interpretations, and renderings of thought and emotion.
Where is your voice? How has your voice evolved over time? How do you ensure that your voice emerges with its truest tones, melodies, and messages?