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Season 4 Episode 41:  D.L. Finn on A Poet’s Voice

D.L. Finn, Author & Poet

blood red trees

autumn’s forest glows

hunter moon

D.L Finn, Word Weaving # 1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

The Moons of Autumn: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, edited by Colleen M. Chesebro and JulesPaige is a profound exploration of Japanese and American syllabic poetry.  The theme of this journal was influenced by the Harvest, Hunter’s, and Frost moons, which are the names given to the three full moons that transpire during the autumn months.   Within the pages of this poetry collection, the diverse mix of syllabic poetry has ignited my desire to explore a poetic journey. 

Today, I am delighted that D.L. Finn whose poetry is featured in “The Moons of Autumn” has joined me to give voice to her poetry. Welcome to the first podcast in the series, “A Poet’s Voice”, which brings words of poetry from across the world to your home.

D. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include children’s books, adult fiction, a unique autobiography, and poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.

I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia.

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D.L. Finn, Author & Poet

Thank you for joining D.L. Finn and me on Tea Toast & Trivia to share the beauty of poetic words.

Thank you, D.L. Finn for sharing your insights on how poetry allows us to describe the world around us in unexpected ways.

D.L. Finn, Author & Poet

Listeners you can meet up with D.L. Finn on her website D.L.Finn AuthorAmazon, and Goodreads.  You are only an internet click away from a open invitation to join her on her adventures.

Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep reading and reciting poetry.

Safe travels wherever your adventures lead you.

D.L. Finn on A Poet’s Voice Tea. Toast. & Trivia.

By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

61 replies on “Season 4 Episode 41:  D.L. Finn on A Poet’s Voice”

Thank you for the introduction to Denise, Colleen. Don and I have a wonderful time connecting with Denise and discussing the profound joy of poetic words. You have said it best with these words from your book, Word Craft, “When we create poetry, we gain command of language, cultivate a healthy vocabulary, master literary devices such as metaphor, simile, alliteration, hyperbole, and allegory. We learn to work in imagery.” And as Denise says, when we create poetry, we create magic. Sending hugs!

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Loved this interview D.L. and Rebecca!
Nature as an inspiration stood out for me. So much of my inspiration for the Art Gowns, comes from nature.
The path/walk Denise’s husband made sounds like a trail for magic to happen. Wonderful!
Okay, I want to hear those under water poems! Perhaps grab some shots and make it all ekphrastic!
Thank you to both of you, for this delightful time!

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Thanks, Resa 🙂 Nature is so inspiring and opens our creativity! It is an amazing path where I can walk amongst the magic. Good idea about taking some pictures too. I recently replaced my underwater camera that failed with a refurbished one, so I can. It may not be until next year but can’t wait to try 🙂

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Thank you Resa, for your lovely comments. Sorry for the late response – it has been a interesting week on this side of Canada. Your connection to nature is seen in everything that you do and create, from your magnificent Art Gowns, to your stories using symbolism to fight climate change. Your ability to recycle materials that most of us would discard, inspire and surprise us all. Thank you for your commitment to nature and your determination to build compassionate communities wherever you are. Sending many hugs!

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Rebecca, thank you for talking about poetry, and for featuring Denise. You know I am a big fan of poetry, and I love hearing poets read their poems. When I read a poem, I’m guessing where the poet wanted emphasis and how they would control the pace. When I listen, I know exactly what they felt. It was interesting to learn that Denise writes poetry by hand. I’ve only tried writing poetry a couple times, but I did write it by hand. Perhaps the connection is better. I’ve never written anything outdoors, and I find that intriguing. Denise, I hope you are able to write underwater. It will be interesting to see how being immersed and surrounded will impact your creative spirit.

Thanks again for sharing this conversation with us and for revealing a little about the poet behind some wonderful poetry.

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Thank you Dan, for adding to this conversation. I share your love of poetry and have only now considered writing poetry, which I am approaching with some hesitancy. But isn’t it fun to leap into the unknown!!!

I was reading an excellent article about how business would benefit greatly from embracing poetry along with graphs, numbers, plans etc.

This is a quote from a Harvard Business Review article: The Benefits of Poetry for Professionals by John Coleman

“Business leaders live in multifaceted, dynamic environments. Their challenge is to take that chaos and make it meaningful and understandable. Reading and writing poetry can exercise that capacity, improving one’s ability to better conceptualize the world and communicate it — through presentations or writing — to others.”

https://hbr.org/2012/11/the-benefits-of-poetry-for-pro

Many thanks for listening in and for your comments!!!

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Thank you, Dan 🙂 I like your point about hearing where the poet reads their work and the emphasis on the words can bring more insight and meaning into the poem.

There seems to be a more direct connection for me to my emotions with handwriting. Writing outside brings another dimension and a new focus that I can’t capture at my desk.

I hope to try my luck at under water writing next year. I missed out last summer. I hope you keep writing poetry 🙂

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Thank you, Dan 🙂 I like your point about hearing where the poet reads their work and the emphasis on the words can bring more insight and meaning into the poem.

There seems to be a more direct connection for me to my emotions with handwriting. Writing outside brings another dimension and a new focus that I can’t capture at my desk.

I hope to try my luck at under water writing next year. I missed out last summer. I hope you keep writing poetry 🙂

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What a lovely introduction to Denise and her poetry. I liked learning about how she started as well as her thoughts about the poet-reader connection, and how nature inspires her. Her poetry is beautiful, and I’m so glad she expanded to include syllabic poetry. Connecting to “the soul of the Earth” was a beautiful way to describe her work. Thanks for the lovely interview. ❤

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I had goosebumps when Denise said “the sound of the Earth.” Thank you for listening in, Diana, and for your support and encouragement of the creative process. I especially enjoyed these words of “Moon’s Magic”, which bring a sense of healing, of being in sync with the world and ourselves.

our perceived shackles
released in nature’s healing
under the moonbeams

D.L. Finn

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Another terrific podcast, Rebecca! D.L., I enjoyed hearing about your poetry journey (both free verse and more formal), about the interconnections with other bloggers (including Colleen M. Chesebro), about the importance of nature in your work, about your cats, and more. Loved the poem you recited starring one of your kitties! And, last but not least, I’m sure there are many people looking forward to the poem you’re going to write underwater. 🙂

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I am delighted that you enjoyed this conversation Dave. I have been thinking a great deal about poetry as it relates to areas of endeavour: business, science, mathematics. I read a fascinating Smithsonian article by Evelyn Lamb, April 24 2018, discussing the strong connection between math and poetry. That prompted me to ask Denise if she sees patterns. Math is central in Syllabic poetry, something that I want to explore in the coming months. I believe that poetry allows us to be more creative and insightful.

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Thank you, Dave! I had a lot of fun talking to Rebecca about poetry! It won’t be until next spring but I can’t wait to try to write underwater 🙂

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Fabulous listening to Denise here today. I so agree when she said sometimes we can’t find a way to say things but writing allows us to express better. Also loved learning a bit about Denise’s young life growing up and listening to her read her poetry. ❤ Hugs to you both xx

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Thank you for another fine interview, Rebecca. I have never had much interest in writing poetry, but I’m always interested in learning about each author’s process in writing. I have heard others, like Denise, who seem to excel when writing free-hand outdoors. It’s very cool that Denise’s husband created a path on their property for her to walk and feel inspired to write.

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Many thanks for listening in, Pete! I had never considered writing poetry but having listened to poets within our blogging community, I have been encouraged and heartened by the thought that everyone has a poetic thought. I was exploring the idea of whether poetry would benefit those with careers in science, mathematics and business. The resounding answer: YES!!! Poetry increases our creative and strategic thinking and brings out a more compassionate way of working with others. Exciting news!!

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I love learning about author’s process in writing too, Pete. There is something special about writing in nature. I am very lucky to have been gifted a path to not only walk on but find peace and inspiration along the way.

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HI Rebecca, it is really lovely to find Denise featured here. A series about poets sounds terrific and Colleen’s lovely anthology is a super place to start. I have read and enjoyed it. Denise writes beautiful poetry and her poetry book is the first of her books I ever read. I learned a few things about Denise today and that is always a joy.

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Thank you, Robbie 🙂 I am so happy Rebecca is showcasing Poetry! I thrilled to hear you enjoyed my poetry book as much as I enjoy your poetry.

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I greatly enjoyed your conversation with Denise about her poetry journey. It was wonderful to hear her voice for the first time. Her comments about patterns in nature inspiring poetry in particular resonated with me. Those patterns are miraculous. We can mimic them–but never fully replicate them.

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I am delighted that you enjoyed this conversation, Liz. Denise has a deep understanding of our connection to nature. I am fascinated by those who recognize patterns and can bring them to life in words. I agree wholeheartedly that these patterns are miraculous. Poetry read by the poet goes deep into the soul of the listener. You were the one that introduced me to this idea several years ago with your poem, Cape Elizabeth – 1962. So many thanks for the introduction to a new journey of awakening for me.

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Thank you, Liz 🙂 Nature’s patterns are amazing, whether faces or how rock lay or tree bark. You are so right it is nothing we can fully replicate.

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