Everyone, welcome Deryck N. Robertson to our Contributor Interview series, a routine blog feature that introduces you to the wonderful writers whose work will be featured in our upcoming anthology, Byline Legacies.
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“What struck me most about Deryck’s approach to negative emotion was his diplomacy. He’s not rude, nor is he too forgiving. He is looking the issue square in the face with patience and due conviction.”
-Jaime Dill, editor for Caridgan Press
[E] Well, Deryck, we are pleased to inform you that you have made our “list”! Welcome to our 2021 anthology family! We’d love to know: what genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?
Most of my writing is free verse poetry, but I enjoy the limitations and structures of Haikus and sonnets. I love Haikus and will often string them together to make longer pieces. I also write what could become song lyrics once a tune is born to go along with them. My work isn’t geared towards any specific age range, but my hope is that it resonates with anyone who reads it. There is also humour and silliness that comes out in much of my work that, I believe, balances the seriousness of other pieces.
[E] Your piece certainly stood out to us with its satirical feel. We actually debated whether it would be taken too seriously, but we couldn’t part with it! In what ways would you say your submission to Cardigan Press is similar and/or different from your usual writing?
My submission, “Long List”, is like many other pieces of writing in that it was born out of an experience and is meant to be tongue in cheek. It is a direct response to being rejected by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s annual poetry competition. I entered because my kids were on my case about it, so I wrote a rather silly and flippant piece and sent it in. You never know, right? Sometimes things stick. So, I waited along with hundreds of others, for the day when the long list was released. Alas, it was not to be. However, I hope the readers got a laugh out of my original submission. You don’t get feedback from those big contests, so I have no idea. My wife actually gave me a mug for Christmas that warns, “Careful, or you’ll end up in my next poem.” There is a lot of truth in that.
[E] Writers write what they know, right? We certainly hope that if we end up in your work, it’s only good things. How can readers best support your writing career as we wait for “Long List” to be published?
Readers could support my writing by visiting my web site HERE and by visiting the journals that have supported me by publishing my work. I share poems regularly on Twitter (@canoe_ideas) so they can check me out there. I’d also be happy to send people a copy of my self-published zines if they send me their contact info. Who doesn’t like to get real mail?! I’m currently looking to get a chapbook done, so…does anyone have someone who owes them a favour?
[E] Thank you so much, Deryck, for giving to the community in this way. We’re so excited for readers to explore your writing and get to know you. Cheers!
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