April 2017 Poet of the Month
Lyne Beringer fell into writing during the winter of 1976. Her father had moved the family to an Air Force base twenty miles outside of Fairbanks Alaska, where there wasn’t much to do other than find trouble…and she did. Lyne spent a great deal of time grounded to her bedroom, while outside the dark, cold temperatures offered no escape and no excitement. Left with four walls, a set of headphones, and a rebellious nature, Lyne began to spill words all over her neatly line notebook paper. 40 years later and the words keep spilling.
Lyne lives and writes in Fairbanks Alaska, and is author of the book “Alaskan Vogue..Poetry from the Land of Ice and Shadows.” Her poetry can also be found in the Anthology, “Poetic Shadows, Ink and the Sword,” both published by CTU Publishing Group.
Get To Know Lyne
Why is poetry important?
Poetry is important because it is a form of writing that allows the writer to explore their innermost thoughts and present them in all manner of forms, so that others can relate and/or be affected in ways that cause them to change.
What prompted you to begin writing poetry?
Long hours grounded to my bedroom as a teenager with words screaming to be released.
How does a poem begin for you, with an idea, a form or an image?
Poetry most often begins for me with an idea or challenge within my own life. Images have also had a strong influence for what I write.
What conditions help you with our writing process?
Waking up early in the morning, grabbing a cup of coffee while everyone else is sleeping. Or late at night, when nobody else is around. Quiet gives my brain a chance to process and organize my thoughts before putting them on paper.
Where do you write?
I write pretty much write wherever I’m at when the feeling to write takes hold of me.
What is the relationship between your speaking voice and your written voice?
I think they are fairly interchangeable, although writing does allow me better avenues to say what I’m thinking or feeling, and without the direct connection of my voice, which can often get me into trouble.
What makes a good poem?
A good poem is one in which imagery is full bodied, and words flow beautifully, and affects the reader in a way that leaves them wanting more.
Lyne’s Favorite Poem
The Original Arctic Queen
You ask who am I
I promise to try
and help you to understand
Come here and sit by me boy
I’m gonna make you my toy
I am the ruler of all the land
A heart forged out of ice
I don’t like to play nice
I must have total control
I’ll help you believe
What your eyes really see
When I dismantle a couple of souls
I can call on the winds
Coax out all of your sins
Bring your mind right up to the edge
The end of your life
Brought forth by the knife
Unless obedience you earnestly pledge
The sun is fading away
You must beg me to stay
Free will is now way out of sight
It’s bitterly cold
Watch the magic unfold
As darkness replaces the light
Bought and then sold
For the price of some gold
Quite cheap and rather obscene
And by now you should know
I command ice and snow
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About the Author
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.
Visit Lyne’s Author Page At: www.ctupublishinggroup.com/lyne-beringer.html
Free to Read on Kindle Unlimited: www.amazon.com/Alaskan-Vogue-Poetry-Land-Shadows-ebook/dp/B01IOJ2DMG
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