Writing involves a strange mixture of mystery and magic. What writers do many cannot attempt. Poetry seems to amplify these mysterious and magical qualities. So, what does life as a poet actually look like? Let’s find out from a full-time poet, shall we?
Katrina Naomi is on Love Your Enthusiasm this week. Katrina is an award-winning poet who lives in Cornwall, UK. You’re already picturing her as she is pictured here, wearing a vintage dress with a flower in her hair, whipping up a lovely piece of work at her desk as willowy trees rustle gently outside.
But, Katrina is here to tell you that poetry isn’t all about whimsical scenes and romantic exchanges. Writing poetry is about using your own language, not sounding poetic. It’s a matter of turning up at your desk and just getting on with it. It’s about being yourself and being bold.
Bold is the perfect word to describe Katrina. She swims in the sea every morning, without a wetsuit in 50-degree (plus or minus) choppy waters. And she’s on a mission to demystify poetry and make it more accessible to people from all walks of life.
In this episode, Katrina shares her exploratory nature as a poet, from creative processes and requirements that work well for her to other passions she resorts to when she needs to step away from her poetry and let it breathe. Katrina also shares her perspectives on fear and rejection…and I can happily report that her responses are refreshingly honest and open.
Hope you have a lovely time with Katrina.
Making Poetry More Accessible with Katrina Naomi
Katrina Naomi is an award-winning poet who is here to improve the accessibility of poetry and show that poetry truly is for everyone.
Katrina is not your typical poet. She didn’t grow up reading poetry, because she found it inaccessible and difficult to relate to. Later in life, when Katrina was in her thirties, she saw poetry in a different light and began to create. Along the way, she remained a realist, finding that putting in the work was even more important than seeking inspiration.
Katrina’s outlook is both bold and realistic. Her vulnerability and openness around doubt and rejection demystify the often-inaccessible world of poetry. She hopes that by sharing her journey, she can prove that poetry truly is for everyone.
It’s good to talk about rejection, share our work, and demystify some of the things around poetry. Otherwise, poetry can be seen as an elitist thing. I don’t want to hear poetry only from those who can afford to write poetry. I want to hear poetry from every sort of person.