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SER Online, Craft Talk: Lisa Ampleman
The Self and Not / Not the Self: The Use of the Personal in Lyric Poetry
A poem’s truth has nothing to do with how closely it clings to the experience itself—the poet may need to invent to reach that truth. So, when I wrote about my mother and our nearby parish, I fudged the details. As I worked on these poems, using the triggers of experience, I became fascinated with the intimacy of the lyric address, an I addressing a you. I loved reading such poems—I could be just someone overhearing the utterance—or imagine myself as the speaker, or the beloved receiving the words.
Lisa Ampleman is the author of the poetry collection Full Cry (NFSPS Press, 2013), winner of the Stevens Manuscript Competition sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and the chapbookI’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State UP, 2012), winner of the Wick chapbook competition. Her poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and in literary journals, including 32 Poems, Cave Wall, Cimarron Review, Image, Kenyon Review Online, Massachusetts Review, Natural Bridge, New Ohio Review, New South, Notre Dame Review, Poetry, Spoon River Poetry Review, andSugar House Review.
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