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    Ian Chandler: Poet Interview

    Categories: Poet Interviews, Poetry Challenge 2013, Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides Blog, What's New.

    Here’s the next Top 25 poet from the 2013 April PAD Challenge (the November Challenge sort of knocked me off track): Ian Chandler. Ian’s poem “and your hands shook” is compact and packs a punch.

    Ian Chandler

    Ian Chandler

    Ian is currently attending Malone University with a double major in creative writing and philosophy. He loves to read, write, play music, and perform magic. His poems have been published in A Celebration of Young Poets anthology and a short story of his was published by The Nerve. He also reviews albums for Surviving the Golden Age. Learn more at his blog: http://ianchandler.wordpress.com.

    Here’s his Top 25 poem:

    and your hands shook, by Ian Chandler

    when I gave you a diamond ring
    found in the ashes
    and you wept when I said, “It’s all that was left”
    remembering your bedroom
    their bedroom
    a glimpse into when they promised each other
    each other.
    and your hands shook like flowers.

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    Where are you located?

    Canton, Ohio.

    Who are your favorite poets?

    e.e. cummings, Billy Collins, Frank O’Hara, John Donne, and an assortment of others.

    As a reader, what do you like most in poems?

    I like mellifluous language, phrases that stick around in the mouth sweetly. Images play a big role for me. If a poem has a great image, I’ll love it. Words that paint are the best kinds of words. Description and scene are important.

    What were your goals for the 2013 April PAD Challenge?

    I wanted to take my poetry to the next level and produce a good amount of raw material I could later develop. It was a lighter version of NaNoWriMo for me, a way to keep myself in a writing routine and accustom myself to that attitude.

    What’s next for you?

    I recently started a blog and have good feelings about it. I’m starting to revise more poems and focus on some short fiction pieces. Who knows where the Imagination will direct me.

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    Where will your imagination take you?

    Click to continue.

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    Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and a person who usually writes very short poems. However, he reached a stopping point on a seven-pager this week (woo-hoo!). He’s the author of Solving the World’s Problems, which contains no poems that go beyond two pages. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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    2 Responses to Ian Chandler: Poet Interview

    1. Such a charming interview, and nice to “meet” you, Chandler! I especially relate to what you like in a poem. Congratulations on your “Top 25,” and keep writing!

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