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