When and why did you first start writing?
I was a teenager, the time I got interested in boys and went to the local disco at the football club. I was flirting around and couldn’t decide which boy I liked most, that’s when I wrote my first poem about a butterfly wandering around.
After that, I wrote mostly nonsense rhymes and limericks. Unfortunately, I lost my little notebook.
I started to write English poetry about five years ago and after a friend encouraged me, I started to submit my work last year. I was very surprised by the way that free verse poetry exists, till then I always thought poems had to rhyme.
Who is most supportive about your writing?
That would be my partner James, in fact I met him on FaceBook after he had sent me a personal message about one of my poems I posted. I described our first contact as a written arrow through our hearts. My mom who learned English herself, in her days they didn’t teach English at school, is also very supportive. I send her all the links of published poems and there’s also a poem published I wrote about her.
Tell me something about your work published in Peeking Cat Anthology 2017.
My poem ‘Quivers’ is about the time I mentioned before. My first kiss. I always thought I was ugly and dull and was secretly in love with this beautiful boy. I never thought he would notice me but he did. That’s what’s the poem is about.
For me, it’s a sweet memory right now and I have no idea what became of him.
Where do you write? Do you have a writing space or a particular process/routine?
I write on the sofa with my laptop on my lap and a cushion in my back. I got a huge sofa and all kind of notes scribbled down on little pieces of paper are all around me.
Mostly I write in the afternoon or the beginning of the evening but I don’t think I got a particular routine, it happens when the inspiration calls.
What’s your favourite word?
That’s a difficult question. I like words if they sound like music. Infinity for example but I also like to play with words, words who aren’t in fact in the dictionary, like sunstorm and soulshine. I don’t think I have a favourite word, but I noticed that I use the word smile a lot in my work.
What do you find the most difficult or challenging about writing?
The most difficult for me is the language sometimes, because English isn’t my mother tongue, though I learned it at school. Sometimes I can’t find the right word for what I had in mind. I always like it, I don’t know if you can call it a challenge, to write small poems in a particular poetry form, like the Cinquain, Naani and Etheree poem.
Because I only occasionally write this kind of poetry, I often forget what the rules are and have to look it up every time I write these. It’s mostly about counting syllables in which I’m hopeless anyway because it differs a little from the Dutch language. But I think it’s challenging and fun.
Tell me about the piece of work that you are most proud of writing, or about the writing accomplishment you are most proud of.
I really can’t answer this question. I’m proud of every piece I wrote and even more proud if a piece is published. I was very proud of the fact I got awarded for a ‘5 Star Writer Award’ by the NY Literary Magazine but I can’t say that poem is my favourite one.
What are your writing plans, goals or dreams for the future?
My first poem was published one year ago and that was for me an acknowledgment I had talent. I was insecure about my writing though I always liked to write.
I have no goals as long writing stays a ‘Fun Project’ for me I will go on as well submitting my work. Some of my poet friends are writing a chapbook but I don’t think I’m up to that right now or disciplined enough to achieve it. At the moment I have also some editorial activities who take a lot of time, as you must know yourself.
I repeat myself when I say my sole goal is having fun writing.
Daginne Aignend is a pseudonym for the Dutch poetess and photographic artist Inge Wesdijk. She likes hard rock music and fantasy books. She is a vegetarian and spends a lot of time with her animals. Daginne posted some of her poems on her Facebook page and on her fun project website www.daginne.com, she’s also the co-editor of Degenerate Literature, a poetry, flash fiction, and arts E-zine. She has been published in several Poetry Review Magazines, in the bilingual anthology (English/Farsi), ‘Where Are You From?’ and in the Contemporary Poet’s Group anthology ‘Dandelion in a Vase of Roses’.