I submitted five persona poems to a favorite journal tonight, written in the voices of five distinct others: a coyote, a baby, Macduff from Macbeth, Simon from Lord of the Flies, and two strangers. It was fun to find and edit the poems, as well as working on a few others I just could not include at this time.
I love writing persona poems; I am both a a daughter of storytellers and a current poet, and persona poems combine poetry and stories. It’s tricky for me to write in a persona not female, not human, not me at all, but I love to try doing this.
Now I wait many months to find out if any of these poems will be published. In the meantime, I know I will be writing more persona poems, since I am taking a writing class this summer.
What’s the most interesting voice you have written in?