Profile of the Poet: Walt Page
A Brief Bio: “The Tennessee Poet”, Walt Page, is a romantic old rock drummer, musician, USAF veteran and an open heart surgery survivor. He has been published on Vita Brevis, Visual Verse and Slasher Monster Magazine. Walt lives in the Tennessee country with his wife Susan, 2 horses, and 9 rescue dogs.
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Tell me about your blog, Walt’s Writings:
WP: I started Walt’s Writings On Life in 2017 after going through several months of recovery and cardiac rehab after my open heart surgery. I was limited in what the doctors would let me do, so I decided to start writing again. My friend Google pointed me to WordPress, and after I read more about it, I decided to use it for a blog about the things going on in my life. At first, I wasn’t writing much poetry, but once I discovered that the poems I posted earlier were doing much better than my other posts, I decided to write more.
I see that it’s amassed quite the following–how does that feel?
WP: I am still amazed at the number of followers I have, Brian. It was never my intention to write poems or posts just to get more followers. I cherish the fact that people think enough about my work to read it, and I value my followers and the comments they leave on my posts.
I received this recently: “…know that your writing/poetry speaks to many of us, and helps us. You have a purpose!” Comments like that keep me writing my poetry.
It becomes almost addictive though, and I have to be careful to continue to write what I feel, what comes from my heart, and not write just to get more followers. I have seen some bloggers use giveaways to get people to like and follow their blog which seems kind of artificial to me. I have liked and followed other blogs, and I guess that their followers have seen my comments and decided to check out my work. I hate to see new bloggers (or established bloggers for that matter) ask someone to read their work in comments on a post. I always check the work of someone when I receive notification that they have followed me and if I like it then I usually will follow them. I also always thank every follower and thank every comment I receive. I don’t follow someone only because they followed me. I guess the basics work for me.
How would you describe your own poetry?
WP: My poetry is, well, my poetry. I write whatever I am feeling at the time. It may be about chronic pain, the love I have for my wife, or about a song title that intrigued me. I have never had any training or taken any courses, although I have read articles on advice to writers. I don’t know much about all the different types of poetry. Some of my poems rhyme, some don’t. As a musician and old rock drummer, I seem to focus more on the rhythm of my words. I read everything I write out loud to see if it flows well. I try to create images with my words and phrases.
I want myself to be able to see, feel, smell and hear what I have written. I don’t follow “the rules”, and I don’t really know what they are except for some Japanese forms like Haiku. I try and keep my poetry simple. I have read many poems that bewilder me, and that I have no idea what they are trying to say.
If you aren’t writing, what are you typically doing?
WP: I live out in the country, on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. We call our six acres the Highland Acres Ranch, and it is home to my wife Susan and I, our two horses, and our nine rescue dogs. My wife works at a local hospital, and I spend my days with the animals, taking care of lawns, trees, barns, and equipment. I read a lot of other blogs and listen to all kinds of music. As a musician, I enjoy all types of music, but I am partial to Classic Rock from the 50s – 80s. I check out the latest photos of our three grandsons on Facebook and Instagram. I enjoy reading different types of books and enjoy anything by Dan Brown, Hemingway, Carl Hiaasen, and Dean Koontz.
What factors in your life most inform your poetry?
WP: Many different things become the basis of my poetry. My love of life, my chronic pain and health issues, my memories, and the romantic side of me all contribute. I am a PK, a Preacher’s Kid, and that has given me a firm foundation of respect, admiration, and compassion.
I am inspired by simple things – a song title, a quote I may have read, other poets I follow, a walk in the woods, or the nicker of our horses. It can come at any time, anywhere I am. I always keep a pen and notebook handy. I have lived a long and eventful life, so I have a deep well to draw from.
What do you consider the most difficult part of writing poetry?
WP: That’s an easy one – writing poetry. No type of writing is easy, but poetry seems to be more difficult when you try too hard. Words don’t always come easily, and the pressure I put on myself to “do better” can cause stress. I have to remind myself that doing better is a matter of perception. During difficult times, when words won’t come or I keep drawing a blank, I force myself to remember why I started writing, why I enjoy writing poetry and why my followers enjoy my work. Writing is a creative art and creativity is always difficult.
Walk me through the life cycle of a typical poem for you?
My poems usually happen very quickly. A thought occurs, my mind kicks into gear and words start to flow. If it happens that way, then it is meant to be. If the words don’t flow, I put it in my ideas folder.
The actual writing of my poetry usually takes less than an hour from idea to paper. I write everything by hand, using a pen and a notebook. I then type it out as a document, find an appropriate image to use and copy and paste it into WordPress with whatever categories and tags I decide to use, and then schedule it. If any editing occurs, it is during any of these steps.
If you could let our readers know one thing, what would it be?
WP: I would tell the Vita Brevis readers that you and this Poetry Magazine are a blessing to them and to new and established poets. I would ask them to always comment on poems you publish, to thank the poets for their poems included here, and to thank you, Brian, for your efforts in bringing quality poetry to everyone. If they happen to be poets or writers themselves, I would encourage them to submit their work to Vita Brevis and other online journals and magazines.
What’s next for The Tennessee Poet?
WP: I will continue to write my poetry and submit my work to various journals and contests. I hope to start soon on self-publishing a collection of my poetry, and I plan to start reciting my poems on Soundcloud.
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This is so great! I will be checking out Walt’s work for sure. Keep up the good work Bri!
Congrats and love the interview.
Wonderful interview. It was great to learn more about “The Tennessee Poet.”
Thank you Merril ☺
You’re welcome! 🙂
Congratulations on the interview. Keep up the good work.
Reblogged this on Walt’s Writings and commented:
My interview with Brian Geiger, Editor of Vita Brevis
Nice to know about you 🙂
Thank you Tanya ☺
I go away for 5 seconds and you are getting interviewed!!!! Congratulations my friend! So thrilled for you!
Yeah, ain’t life grand? Thanks so much Susan! Hugs & Love my friend ☺
Wonderful! So cool to get to know Walt better! I really enjoy his poetry!
Thank you so much! ☺
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An Interview with the Wonderful Tennessee Poet!
Thank you Susan ☺
Thank you so much for posting this Brian! Today is our 15th wedding anniversary and this was a wonderful surprise!
Congratulations to you both! 🙂
Thank you Brian!
Congratulations Walt, great interview, Brian and the Via Brevis do poets a great service and writers in general it must be said. Now we know a little more about the life and times of The Tennessee Poet.
So glad you enjoyed it, Chris!
Must jot you off a couple more poems for consideration Brian.
Can’t wait to give them a read!
Thank you Brian.
Thanks Chris! I just found this!
You are welcome Walt and Thank You.
My pleasure Chris.
A wonderful interview with the Tennessee Poet, a sincere and honest poet who writes from the heart, and is a person of integrity and depth of character.
Thanks Ivor… Just found this… Sigh…
Great interview, thanks for sharing. I feel like I can connect with his writing style on a lot of levels.
Walt’s such a personable poet–I’m glad you found this interesting, Joey!
Yes, I went on to check out/follow his blog
Good move! He’s got some great work on there
Thanks Brian, i just found this. ☺
Brian, is there a way to be notified when comments are made in VB? I just found 3 comments made 3 weeks ago.
I enabled a “follow comment” option for this site. There an option to “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” should appear as you’re writing a comment!
Let me know if you have trouble finding it. Here’s where I found out how to do it: https://en.support.wordpress.com/following-comments/
Thank you Brian ☺
Just found this Joey… Thank you!
This is a great interview with meaningful questions that helped us to get to know a wonderful poet at a deeper level.
I just read one of Walt’s haikus on Vita Brevis’ most recent haiku contest and immediately fell in love with Walt’s honesty and his real spirit that shines through his words.
I was moved to go onto his blog and read many more of his wonderful poems and am very grateful to Brian for providing a quality blog and means to meet high quality poets.
Walt you are an inspiration with your heart felt and meaningful words that warm all of our hearts.
Praise be, PK! 💗
Jordan, I just found this reply, and I am so moved by your kind words. I am so humbled by your comments and sincerity, and I sincerely thank you.
Thank you, Walt.
You’re very welcome.
This is an interview from the heart.I have always admired Walt’s writing and he has nothing but super encouraging to my works.It always a pleasure to know about the fellow blogger and I feel so close to his writing style and the way his inspiration works.Thanks Brian for welcoming Walt to this interview series
Megha, I just found this comment and I am so sorry I didn’t see it sooner. Thank you so much dear friend, for you kind comments and support. You know I love your work and how we support and encourage each other. I am honored to be your friend and humbled by your comments. ☺
Thanks Walt for your kind words and the feeling is absolutely mutual
You’re welcome Megha ☺
I missed this, somehow, so I’m glad I followed the link in Walt’s latest poem on Vita Brevis. I enjoyed both sides of the interview.
Thanks for commenting!
I had already hit the “follow” button because I was very impressed with the “Just a Blank White Page” Post but then to read your interview here, wow. You are my kind of people! I’m looking forward to getting your work in my mailbox when you post next. 🙂
Susi, I am late in replying to this, but Thank you so much! I appreciate your kindness and am glad we got to know each other! 😊
No worries! 🙂 You are very welcome, Walt!
Thanks Linda! I’m only 18 days late in replying, lol!! So glad you enjoyed it! 😊💛
No worries! I am sure superstars like you are busy! 😉
No superstar here, lol .☺❤
Love you my friend. ❤️😊
Love you too 😊❤
I would love to hear you reading your own poems – it would be a privilege, in fact..There is no place more dear to me in the world than the eastern Tennessee mountains, and you remind me why. 🙂
Thank you so much Sunnyside. I’m trying to figure out the best way to do readings, Soundcloud, You tube or other methods that aren’t too complicated for an old poet. Any suggestions? I appreciate your kind comments 😊💛
lol, I am an old person myself *sniff*, but will follow with interest, Walt. Best of luck 👍😎
I’ll do my best!