Introducing Lyne Beringer
I never thought the word “writer” would be used to describe me and the thoughts that tumble out of my head onto paper. It’s a new me, giving away words all neatly packaged up in rhyme.
I have lived in the interior of Alaska off and on for nearly twenty years. Alaska gets in your blood. It lures you in then takes your soul hostage, becoming part of who you are, who you become. Every summer, the days are warm, long, and inviting. Tourists descend in droves, racing toward the next adventure, and a rich, colorful history provides plenty of businesses with trinkets to sell the Alaskan nostalgia. Anything seems possible when you are standing outside at midnight and the stars are nowhere to be found. That is until winter rolls back around.
I live and write in Fairbanks, a place where in winter, temperatures can hit -60° and darkness is a daily companion for months. It can and does play tricks on the mind. Throw in an independent, willful woman, with enough relationship blunders and baggage to sink a ship, and presto, words begin to spill all over anything that can be written on; words that are my salvation.
From sane to crazy and everywhere in between, that’s what Alaskan Vogue is. It’s my thoughts, carefully crafted in order to deliver my truth at any cost, and it’s how I buy my way out of a self-imposed nether world. Alaskan Vogue is my story, my gift to the universe.
Interview – Book: Alaskan Vogue -Poetry from the Land of Ice and Shadows
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Lyne, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Lyne: Thank you, it’s my pleasure
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Lyne: My father was in the Air Force, so we traveled a bit. When I was 12 we got stationed at an Air Force base 20 miles outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, which had a huge impact on me for a couple of reasons. I formed a lot of friendships way back then that are still going strong, which is big for me since my family moved a lot when I was a child. The other, more obvious reason is that Alaska is a beautiful place to live, despite the harsh conditions that come with it. I did move away for several years, but moved back to stay eight years ago.
I worked in the medical industry for over twenty years, and then one day I decided I’d had enough. I started at the bottom of a new line of work in my late 40’s, and today I manage an Aviation Repair Station for general aviation.
Creative Talents Unleashed: So when did you fall in love with poetry or writing in general, when did you decide this life was for you? Tell us a bit about that discovery process.
Lyne: I was kind of a rebellious young person in a very strict home, which meant I was grounded to my room a good deal of the time. I took up writing around the age of 14 to help me pass the time and to express emotions that were not allowed to be voiced. Poetry was and still is a way for me to organize my thoughts, so that I think through my feelings and put them on paper the way I want to be heard and understood. Poetry is challenge too. It requires that you are constantly learning, and I love that.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Lyne: I write to keep my sanity most of the time. I’m still somewhat of a rebel, which I’m sure contributes to many of my life challenges. Writing is a way for me to process. It’s also a way to release emotions that have sent me right out to the edge nobody ever wants to visit in their heads.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Lyne: That’s a good question. I don’t write every day like some folks do. I guess it really depends on what is going on in my life. What I can say for certain is that when the urge to write happens, I have to write. I’ll stop whatever it is I’m doing and find whatever I can and write it down. There are probably a few employers that weren’t very happy with me, but it’s something I have to do. Writing isn’t an option for me. It’s a must.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Lyne: Well material certainly wasn’t an issue…. But like most people, poetry is a very personal thing for me. I only started sharing my poetry when social platforms like Facebook burst on the scene and people seemed to be relating to what I wrote. There was a lot of encouragement for me to put it out there. But it’s still difficult for me to expose myself that way. The other challenge I faced was organizing the poems in some sort of order. I wanted it to show a progression of life’s lessons.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Lyne: That’s easy. Writing the poetry itself. I never thought I’d write a book that would get published, so there was no pressure.
Creative Talents Unleashed: There are many authors who say that in the process of writing a book you learn things about yourself. Did you learn anything in your book writing process about yourself, if so what?
Lyne: The challenge of where to put poetry I’ve written, at the very least showed a progression in thought development in areas of my life I’ve struggled with. I learned that change is possible, even if it comes at a snail’s pace, or at great cost.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Lyne: Truth is the responsibility of any writer. At least each writer’s truth. Then telling it in a way that others can understand and hopefully relate to. That old saying, “the truth will set you free,” is dead on in so many ways.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Lyne: I will always be a writer. That’s who I’ve become. I’d like to do another book of poetry if my current book does well. But really, I see myself as more of a mentor. I’m in the beginning stages of starting a business peddling Alaskan artists work, and it’s not restricted to writing. Really the only criteria is each artist must be an Alaskan resident. The reason for that rule is because I believe living in Alaska gives people a different, unique perspective on life in general, and I would love to see that shared with the world.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Lyne: My favorite poet is Edgar Allen Poe. Favorite poem….. Annabel Lee… It is an exquisite piece of writing.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Lyne: Write, write, write, and then write some more. After that, get yourself a thick skin because there will always be people who won’t like or agree with what you write. Every writer has felt the sting of unkind words or a bad revue. Just move on and keep writing. I’m a firm believer that if a person wants something bad enough, then they will do whatever is necessary to achieve their goal. At least more often than not.
A Poem from Alaskan Vogue
Shades Of Blue
I reach out into the darkness
Like a girl whose lost her sight
To touch you where you used to lie
Hold you one more night
Nothing can prepare you for
The stake slammed through the heart
You watch a person walk away
No chance at another start
All the words you’ve said to me
Describing who I am
I’m sure were meant for someone else
Are you not my biggest fan?
You take no responsibility
For the part that is your side
You tangle up the sentiment
Behind emotion where you hide
I’m left to wonder what the hell
You forgot to leave me clues
I never even stood a chance
Love got lost from me to you
All that’s left are pictures
In an album tucked away
On a shelf up in the closet
Where for now I’m sure they’ll stay
Back to darkness…..3am
I grab the pillow now unused
Wrap my arms around it tight
Just me in shades blues
Preface . . .
I’ve had six last names; four by marriage, one because I wanted a new last name after a divorce, and one given to me by the first man in my life, my father. Clearly I haven’t yet learned the secret to a long and happy relationship with the opposite sex, but it hasn’t stopped me from giving it the old college try.
I have a somewhat rebellious nature and have spent most of my life raging against the machine of accepted society norms, which is probably why I ended up living in interior Alaska. It is after all “The Last Frontier,” where its citizens still proudly carry guns, and aren’t afraid to show them off, or use them if necessary.
Alaska is a place a person can get lost in. It is beautiful, wild and unyielding to the pursuits of men of a fanciful nature. You have to want more than shopping malls, fashion and manicured lawns. Alaska can eat you alive, or you can learn to thrive…. one way or another.
Alaskan Vogue is really an ongoing diary, written in the form of poetry. It’s the thoughts of a woman who showed up as a girl and has spent years in and out of relationships of the heart, all while hauling water, changing tires, and building her own fires to keep the cold at bay. Alaskan Vogue has been a coping mechanism helping me to mentally survive and ultimately shine in this magnificent place I call home.
Yes the poems that follow are drenched in cynicism, but there is more to the story. Pleasure, pain, loss and gain is all here, waiting to spark the imaginations of those who think they might have what it takes to be Alaskan Vogue.
– Lyne Beringer
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