Welcome to Meet the Poet, a Word Craft Poetry feature written to introduce you to the poets in our writing community. This is a way to get to more about the poet and their work. Did you know many of our poets are accomplished fiction and non-fiction authors? Some of our poets are also artists, crafting their magic through watercolors or other artistic means along with the written word.
At least once a month, I’ll be introducing you to the poets in our community! Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and meet the poet!
Our first guest is D. L. Finn, aka Denise Finn.
D. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include children’s books, adult fiction, a unique autobiography, and poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.Amazon.com
Hello Denise. I’m so glad you’re here.
Hi Colleen. Thanks for having me stop by.
Denise, you’ve been writing poetry for a couple of years now on the #TankaTuesday challenges. What is your favorite syllabic form, and why is it your favorite?
I like many forms for different reasons, but since my first attempt with syllabic poetry was with a haiku that holds a special place in my poetic heart. I love the challenge of putting an image into three short lines. Focusing on nature is a favorite pastime of mine.
The runner-ups are tanka, haibun, and butterfly cinquain.
Not long ago, I saw a post that said you were making gift calendars from your photos and poetry. Can you describe your process? Do you use any apps or special programs? Who does the printing for the calendar? Please add anything else you think would help other poets create their own calendars.
Making calendars started several years ago following some photography classes I took in college. After my classes were done, I was looking for a good reason to continue taking my nature photos beyond sitting in photo albums or on my phone.
So, I came up with making a calendar using my nature shots and sending it out as my holiday gift to family and friends. It was a big hit for many years, but I felt like it was getting old. I was going to stop doing it when I came up with a new idea to add haikus to my photos. This allowed me to blend two things I love doing, taking pictures and writing poetry. This will be my second year of doing haiku calendars for friends and family.
It is a simple process for me. I combine my photos and text on Canva. I can spend hours finding just the right text for the words. I learned after last year to make it the right size for the calendar, which is 11 inches x 8 inches, so I don’t run into issues later with the text.
I’ve used Costco to print and ship these calendars because the quality is so good, and it’s simple for me. I plan to investigate a cost-effective way of doing it next year and making it available on my website. I have been considering expanding to more items than calendars and perhaps trying to sell them locally at first. I know Canva offers this service, although I haven’t tried it yet. Esty is something I’m going to explore too.
I think your photographic haiga calendars would be a huge hit! I know I’ll be interested in purchasing a calendar like that for my home. So with that in mind, what are your goals as a poet?
I don’t have any goals as a poet other than to put out a book here and there and do challenges. That’s what I like about poetry, that I can enjoy what I do putting no pressure on myself, unlike when I write a novel. It’s a place where I can process my emotions and the things I see. My creativity is allowed to roam when I write poetry in any form, even on the back of a Harley, which I included in my verse book, Just Her Poetry.
Poems are a place where I am fully allowed just to be me, and why I included poetry in my memoir, No Fairy Tale.
I agree. Poetry gives us the opportunity to share some of ourselves with others. Does your poetry writing help you in your novel-writing process?
When I write poetry, I’m showing what I’m feeling or seeing. It’s done with limited words, so I must carefully choose each word I use. When I write a novel, I think about this and try to make each word count and “show” instead of telling like I do when writing poetry. I’ve found poetry, especially symbolism, has expanded my world when I write stories. I tend to be wordy and use the same old word repeatedly. Plus, I’m guilty of telling and over-showing, especially in my first drafts or earlier stories.
Poetry provides a good foundation for writing scenes in a story. There is nothing I love more than to see a beautifully described moment when I’m reading. Poetry is woven into that, and that’s what I strive to accomplish in my work. I think this is so important that I’ve written posts about it on my blog and over on Story Empire where I also write.
Thanks so much for stopping by to share your poetry calendar idea with us, Denise. I can’t wait to see one of your calendars finished. What a great idea for poets to share their poetry. You get a gold ⭐️ for creativity!
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Thanks for stopping by to learn more about poet, D.L. Finn. Remember books make excellent gifts. ❤