Art has no borders: An Online interview with Pd Lietz
Member of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild
Many poetry and prose are published in various journals and anthologies.
Have many book illustrations and photographs also.
Dupur Mitra: Do you think poetry play role in your society? If yes how and if not why?
Pd Lietz: Yes I do. Canada is a welcoming and curious country that appreciates the arts, no matter in what form or from what country. The beauty of poetry is it transcends borders.
Dupur Mitra: Who are your major influences as a poet?
Dupur Mitra: What does being a poet mean to you?
Pd Lietz: It is another form of expression: you breath – you write – you create.
Dupur Mitra: What is poetry?
Pd Lietz: For me Poetry is a deep emotion that can only be made sense of by expressing it in the written work.
Dupur Mitra: What are your observations about trending of world poetry?
Pd Lietz: I hope it continues, I think it shall. This is one area that the internet is doing the world a favour. The arts of the world are at ones fingertips.
Dupur Mitra: What else do you like doing when you’re not writing poems?
Pd Lietz: I am also a published artist and photographer.
Dupur Mitra: When did you start writing poems?
Pd Lietz: The first poem I wrote was about Geese being shot and I was around 8 or ten.
Dupur Mitra: Where do your ideas come from?
Pd Lietz: I have a wonderful curious imagination.
Dupur Mitra: What makes your poems different from other people’s?
Pd Lietz: Are they?
Dupur Mitra: Why is poetry important?
Pd Lietz: Poetry is gentle.
Dupur Mitra: Is there a relationship between your speaking voice and your writing voice?
Pd Lietz: Yes I would say there is – I am sensitive and very aware of beauty and the depth and highs of life and love and the relationship would be, I am kind.
Dupur Mitra: How does a poem usually start for you?
Pd Lietz: An image in my mind, a sentence I hear, a word, a strangled emotion needing to be released, or simply one of my photos – it is all around like I said art has no borders.
Dupur Mitra: Can you describe your writing process?
Pd Lietz: Usually my writing method is that of a pouring of words after it has been simmering for hours or days within my mind and then – the release – the letting go is very physical after a poem is done.
Dupur Mitra: Did you get any helpful advice when you were first starting to write poetry?
Pd Lietz: I have had not training in any of my art/other than that of observing.
Dupur Mitra: What are the pleasures and difficulties of writing about your own family?
Pd Lietz: If I write of my family I write of the joy they have been to me, there truly are no difficulties. I am fortunate I have such love and support in my life.