An Interview with Drax: HubPages’ (Official!) Poet

Right as we were planning our upcoming November contest, we heard from Drax, one of the most well-known poets on HubPages.  He suggested to Paul Edmondson that we have a poetry contest, and a couple of conversations later, we had put together plans for a poetry, prose, and photos contest!

In addition to giving us some ideas for the HubPatron of the Arts contest, Drax has agreed to be an official judge on the competition’s poetry panel and also to share more about his poetry on HubPages in the following interview. Read on to discover more about this impressive Hubber and his involvement with November’s special event!

HubPages: You wrote in to Paul Edmondson about having a poetry contest on HubPages and were the primary inspiration behind the HubPatron of the Arts contest. What encouraged you to write in and suggest the competition?

Drax: I saw the competition for the plumbers and thought f**k, there has to be more to life and creativity than plumbing supplies, I read some fantastic poetry on Hubpages and know / feel all the poets are there carrying their cross silently in the wings, waiting…. waiting…

You’re known as the Unofficial HubPages Poet on HubPages. How did your gain that title? As Unofficial HubPages Poet, what do you see as your responsibilities?

Unofficial? Debatable… as this Hub says: Official Hub Poet

Well, in those early days, this was my very first Hub (written 08/15/06) and in struggling for a name I thought why not, hence Official Hub Poet 🙂

I’ve been waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and give me the official paperwork!!  As unofficial poet my responsibilities are light: turn up occasionally. Ideally I would like to be writing more poetry about Hubpages and things I see there since it is a big canvas just like external life was. 🙂

How would you best describe your poetry?

The good, the bad, and the ugly. I remember reading that Stanley Kunitz used to make up to a 100 edits to get a poem exactly as he wanted it and I would love to have that luxury, to polish and polish, however life always seems to intrude and so they turn into the paper plane variety. I write them and throw them, hoping…

Occasionally I do write a poem I am very happy with. It is either a result letting it boil for a while and coming back and editing and removing words to give the reader room to think… or a poem that just comes from nowhere and all I have to do is write it down.

What inspires your work?

It is hard to explain. I always know when something in my day has a different shape; it could be an event or some words or an image and from that comes the initial words. These few words are often enough to write a full poem from later on, as long as they are recorded as they come into consciousness, otherwise the whole concept is lost. This often happens at 4 in the morning and I know now from experience it is better to just get up and write and worry about the lost sleep later.

As a judge on the poetry panel of the HubPatron of the Arts contest, what will you be looking for in the entries you’re judging?

Something that makes me stop, something that resonates and reverberates in my day. The subject matter is not crucial… it is that central concept… the line or even a few words that makes you stop and think, to feel empathy with what the poet is trying to say or to draw attention to….

Yeah, yeah, I know we should all be locked up 🙂

What advice would you give to aspiring HubPages poets?

It is never too late to become what you might have been. If you have the ability to write it is beholden on you to do that and not waste your time sliding up and down the capitalist ladders or trying to deal compassionately with the snakes.

[Thanks, Drax!]

For more information on the HubPatron of the Arts contest, visit the official contest page.

 

7 thoughts on “An Interview with Drax: HubPages’ (Official!) Poet

  1. It is nice to know you better Drax. And thank you for suggesting the tribute to poetry. It certainly is an unappreciated and highly creative art form. I have a couple ready for the contest and am looking forward to it. Be gentle! laugh

  2. I just wanted to stop by and offer my congratulations , I am a self proclaimed poet ,meaning , i dont have ummm… any masters or bachelors degree or even any creative writing classes under my hat , I just love to write , and i love to write poetry of my own.ANYWAYS , i havent decided on whether or not i am going to enter the contest or not ,maybe. anyways , CONGRATULATIONS!! and happy Hubbing to you ! nice to meet you … have a blessed day all day!:)

  3. I am so glad you wrote in – my first stumbling steps here were poems as well! I still write them but not nearly as often – mainly “sliding down the semi-corporate ladders” in search fool’s gold. I try to write often enough non-commercial stuff to keep the spark alive though. Blessings on your head, my friend and inspiration!

  4. Nice to meet you fellow poet. Unofficial or Official, no difference to me. You are a fine poet and I am happy to see you interviewed here and recognized for the talent that you are. I look forward to judging alongside you and other fine poets. Congratulations and welcome to the team of judges.

  5. some people think they are great poets, and I have seen many here who think that way, but get away from the smoke blowing hubs and they are nothing. Now days everyone thinks they are a poet

  6. I believe everyone who has a mind, a voice a thought can express themselves in poetry. I agree not everyone is a great Poet and I haven’t found anyone at the Hubs expressing to me that they are.

    I certainly am not a great poet, yet a humble one who appreciates being able to express my words. I write for myself not my readers., however I expect critics to critique. I have no problem with that.

    Vietnamvet68 I hope you are adding some of your fine poems to the contest. You are certainly one I enjoy reading and miss your poetry at the hubs. Peace my friend.

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