Next in our heartbreak series is a submission from Grahame Johnson, a British poet based in Cambridge. This first submission from Grahame is short in length, but full of meaning and depth. His simple style captures the intensity of his feelings, and ours, and we too are swept away to a time when in our brokenness the world no longer seemed whole, but “fragmented.”
The wax melted
Beneath intense light
Through fractured trees
A heart weeps
1. Are you a first time author?
Yes, I am a first time author
2.What inspired you to choose the concept of unrequited love as your subject matter to write about?
Love is a such a potent force. It creates powerful, complex and contradictory emotions. It is challenging to explore and capture those emotions in my poems. Unrequited love is especially fascinating, that simultaneous feeling of elation and sadness.
3. Tell me a little about your work as a writer. What other poems etcetera have you written.
Poetry is my passion and I rarely write anything else. For me poetry is a very personal experience. It is about exploring emotions and trying to understand the truth about myself and my relationship to the world I inhabit. I try to capture the essence of those thoughts and emotions and create work with which the reader can identify. I tend to gravitate towards the ‘less is more’ approach and try to convey my ideas and the narrative in a simple way using few, but very carefully selected, words. I have written poems such as Under the World, Northern sky, Still, and Sunday Afternoon.
4. Do you plan to publish a book of poems in the future?
One day, hopefully. To see my poems published is something I am striving to achieve
5. What’s your best advice to first time poets?
Read as much poetry as possible, particularly contemporary poetry. Join a writers group, there are lots of them out there. It is the best move I made, it gave me a lot of confidence and made me a better writer. It is beneficial to share your work with other writers and poets, receive constructive criticism and to hear how a poem sounds when you read it aloud to others.
6. What is your occupation/background. Tell me a little about yourself.
I am British. I grew up in Croydon, South London, but I now live and work in Cambridge. I am a civil servant and have been for most of my working life. I currently work as an auditor in the Government Internal Audit Service. My job is to ensure that projects funded with public money are spending their grant correctly. I enjoy my work very much.
7. How does Poetry fit in with all of that?
My job can be flexible, so when I need to take time to write, which is most days, I can fit my work commitments around that need. Also, there is a purity about audit, a need to understand, to get to the truth; this is curiously similar to writing poetry.