Heart Poetry Award -
Ruth Hill -
Chetwynd, BC -Canada
“I like complicated thoughts
expressed in simple terms.”
Ruth was born and educated in upstate New York. Ruth wanted adventure, so she explored the Adirondacks, Appalachia, and Alaska. She sailed British Columbia, and worked for BC Lightstations and the BC Forest Service. She became a Design Engineer. She is a lifelong dedicated tutor, and enjoys spoken word.
“Language is more than language to me. Inside a poem is a great artistic painting. There can be color, focus, perspective, and action.
“The universe generates music, and when you have this inside you, you can string words together that fit that music. Walking alone in the wilderness, I enjoy singing made-up psalms. They come from the air and go into the air as part of each day, part of breathing. They are meant to be forgotten like sand paintings. This music can be a perspective on language. When I hear a poem in my mind, it is far away, as in howling winds. It is difficult to capture. I am the listener, quieting my daily chaos to tune in to something beyond. I do not arrange the words. I only listen.
“I enjoy freedom. I like breaking all the rules. I like mixing up multiple metaphors and using words with many connotations. I like free word association. I like complicated thoughts expressed in simple terms. I write poems that are not clearly defined, like riddles, to stimulate the reader’s imagination. Poetry allows sentence structure to be jumbled, pared down, expanded, or jettisoned.
“Sight and sound are not enough. Poetry has to have philosophy, too. I have noticed poets I am most attracted to have pleasing philosophies. They make me feel like I belong on Earth, not an alien in a foreign country. If someone likes something that I wrote, I feel as if I were invisible and am now seen, silent and can now speak, exiled but am now welcome. A reader on the same wavelength is the most important validation. If I met you in person I would be looking down and shifting my feet, but in a poem I can be the real me.”
In her first three years of writing, Ruth has won contests and had many poems published. She uses poetry readings as her new excuse to travel."
Temple Cone was the 2008 winner of HEART POETRY AWARD and appeared in Heart No. 3 View Issues & Writerswhich you may read under "View Issues & Writers" link. As you can see from this current photo, he has cut off his youthful curls since 2008. Temple is the author of three books of poetry: That Singing, from March Street Press (2011); The Broken Meadow, which received the 2010 Old Seventy Creek Poetry Press Series Prize; and No Loneliness, which received the 2009 FutureCycle Press Poetry Book Prize. He has also published six poetry chapbooks. An associate professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy, he lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
Links to many of his poems are on his website: www.templecone.com
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