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The Tattoo

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March 31, 1997

Plainville poet writes about life

Tattoo Staff Writer

  Even the most avid poetry readers probably
haven’t heard of Pit Pinegar. The Plainville
poet hasn’t achieved celebrity status yet, but
she’s well on her way to achieving that goal.
  One book of poetry, 'Nine Years Between Two
Poems,' was pubished in 1996 and a second book is
due out shortly.
  Pinegar started writing poetry in high school.
But she didn't know anyone else who wrote
poetry, so she viewed it as an unpopular field.
  Pinegar is pleased that poetry is becoming a
more popluar medium, both with teens and adults.
Not only are more people reading poetry, but
many decide to write their own.
  "This," Pinegar said, "is really interesting
because it means that people are becoming
dissatisfied with their current ways of
  The coffeehouses opening in the area are a
good way for poets to reach audiences, Pinegar
  Slam poetry ­ a new trend in coffeehouse
poetry readings ­ is becoming increasingly
popular with both poets and audiences.
  "A sloppy poet who is a good performer can go
far with slam poetry," Pinegar said, "but a
gifted poet who is an outstanding performer can
add a whole new dimension to the poem."
  In addition to poetry, Pinegar writes short-
stories and non-fiction. She’s written two
unpublished novels. 
  "I write mostly from personal experience, but
never about the same experience twice."
  When it comes to life experiences to write
about, Pinegar has plenty.
  She has dealt, in many literary forms, with
attention deficit disorder, a condition that
afflicts her daughter, Amanda.
  "This is a topic I don't think I'll ever
exhaust," says Pinegar.
  If she does deplete this topic, her five-year
residence in Saudi Arabia should generate plenty
of subject matter. Apparently, living there has
already influenced her writing.
  "It gave me a sense of geography that I hadn't
had in my writing before."
  According to Pinegar, her subjects naturally
lend themselves to one type of writing or
another. Many lend themselves to poetry rather
than novels or short stories, she said, because
of the freedom poets have with words.
  "Because of the language used in poetry,
people can write concretely about abstractions,"
she said.
  Symbolism is one way poets write "concretely
about abstractions," she said, but incorporating
symbolism isn't always easy for an author.
  "Symbolism, for me, usually comes in the
second draft of a poem, or later," said Pinegar.
  Authors can use symbolism spontaneously in
their original drafts, Pinegar said, but often
they don't notice it until later. Pinegar admits
using symbolism in her poems without realizing
  "And then, when someone reads the poem and
says, 'I like the way you used symbolism here,'
I have to decide whether to admit I didn't know
it was there, or to take credit for it."
  Pinegar found she could keep writing poetry
even after she married and started a family.
  "It's one of the few literary forms that
benefits from being picked up and put down," she
said. "When I was raising my children I only had
five-minute blocks of time to myself, so poetry
was the easiest thing to write."
  Pinegar knows how hard it is to perfect a
  How many drafts does she write?
  "About 100, lots and lots," she said with a
  But, she added, "Any serious poet will have in
excess of 10 drafts of a poem."
  Pinegar says she can now be picky about the
exact words and phrases she uses in her poems
because computers make revisions much easier.
  When Pinegar is writing a poem she expects
nothing from it.
  "I have no ambitions for my poems until
they're finished. While I'm writing them I don't
think about publishers or my audience at all."
  That's a good attitude to have because even
previously published poets can have a hard time
finding a publisher to print their books.
  "Each book of poems," says Pinegar, "stands
alone and has to prove itself."
  'Nine Years Between Two Poems' is available at
Millrace Bookstore in Farmington.

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