Let me introduce you to poet Tracy Boyer. I have been following her on instagram for as long as I can remember and every time I see her words I am struck by the emotion it drags out of me. She is honestly one of my insta favorites! She will be yours as well by the time you finish this post!
Thank you so much for doing this interview with me. I am so pleased I get to talk to you about your poetry! I absolutely love your words, they resonate with me so much. I can't wait to find out what makes you tick!
I am honoured that you actually want to talk to me about my writing. My writing is so simple. It surprises me that anyone reads it! I'll answer the questions as best as I can.
First of all, tell me about yourself?
I am first and foremost a woman in love with the process of life. I have lived a very rich, very full life. I am a writer, although a bit of a closet writer. I love to read. I love art of all kinds. I love music. I love deep conversation and I search for meaning in all aspects of my life. I have a free spirit, which only grows as I age. I feel I am growing younger as I grow older. My career path has been mostly artistic. I was a stylist for over 20 years. I'm not sure where my life is taking me on my next journey. I just went through an enormous awakening and I'm being led somewhere. I'm not quite sure what that looks like yet. Right now I'm resting after the massive upheaval of my life.
Tell me how you got started on your writing journey?
I have been writing and reading poetry my whole life. I was drawn to poetry at a very young age. I grew up in a family that didn't (and probably still doesn't) understand the deep longings of my soul. At a young age I was reading Plath and Dickinson and Anne Sexton. Finding solace in contemporary poets like Atwood and e.e. Cummings. Falling in mystical love with Rumi. It was the only way I could make sense of all the emotion I had raging inside of me.
How would you describe your writing style?
I only write free verse. I guess because when I was reading poetry at a young age-that is what appealed to me. It was clear, direct, simple and yet profoundly gutting.
I completely agree with you! That is my favourite style as well, but I have a weakness for reading sonnets. What inspires your words?
My own life inspires my poetry. My poetry is a confessional. Which is why I sometimes find it difficult to share.
Especially being on Instagram, I can see how sharing such personal thoughts can be difficult. However, you are amazing at it! What is the process you go about writing your poetry?
I honestly don't have a process. Ideas come to me. In the shower. On a dog walk. Over dinner with my love. Drinking wine. I just have an idea and I have to write it down, right then and there or else it's lost.
I find most poetry writers are like this. Whereas, most prose writers are sticklers for processes. Why did you start sharing your work on Instagram?
My Instagram account was a total accident. I didn't even know people did that! I just shared a poem I wrote one day. And a few people liked it. And that was that.
I love happy accidents! I started this blog on a whim, and I am so happy I did. Otherwise, I may not have stumbled upon your Instagram account! Why did you feel that you had to share your words and why is it such a special process for you?
I just left an abusive marriage. A controlling husband. He edited me every day. I swore I would never allow that to happen to me again. My writing threatened him. If We as humans aren't allowed to speak our truth we wither and die. I will not betray myself to save another. Not ever again. Sharing my poetry is sharing my soul. As Shakespeare said "To thine own self be true." I failed at this once. I won't do it again.
Wow, go you! Be true to yourself. I can see that coming through in your writing. It is like a physical force, I can sense it and I can feel it in my bones as I read your words. I love it. Having this in mind, what do you want people to take away from your poetry?
My poetry is about loss and love and truth and grace. I hope anyone who has suffered, who has felt pain, who has been hurt by life can find solace in my journey. Knowing that life is a process~that valleys are inevitable, that sometimes love arrives in ways we aren't ready to embrace or even see at the time. That even when we don't believe it we are being led to the perfect path that is directly for us. My life exploded in a monumental way... And I could never have predicted the beauty as well as the pain that I would walk through. But I would not change one moment. Not one. It was wholly perfect. And if I can convey that to someone and give a tiny amount of comfort~well, then I think I may have succeeded.
Extremely well said. I can see this in your work. You are very gifted in the way you can show such complex emotion in such a short amount of words. Out of all of the poetry you have written, which three would have to be your favourite?
My top three poems that I have written. Hmmmm. I need to think about that. I will go through my old poems and respond later tonight.
I know, what a terrible question to ask. All of your work is amazing and to just choose three is an abomination! Will you ever get your books published?
I would definitely publish my poetry.
That is great! That being said, what plans do you have for the future?
I'm not sure the future of my poetry. I'm quite sure I'll write until I die. Whether or not I share it, well, that's another story...
Thank you so much for doing this interview with me! It was so lovely finding out more about you and your poetry. Now knowing the meaning and the drive behind your words makes it more meaningful and special. I wish you the best of luck with your poetry and I can't wait to see what you produce in the future.
If you want to stay up to date on what Tracy is writing you can follow her on instagram @traciedawne