Updated: Sep 23
By Annie Newcomer:
The Flapper Press Poetry Café features the work of poets from around the world, celebrating the many creative voices who express themselves through poetry.
This month, we feature the work of German poet Döerthe Huth.
Dörthe Huth is a writer and psychological consultant from Germany, holding an M.A. degree in German, Psychology, and Computational Linguistics. In addition to several book publications about the joy of life, she is also represented by her poems and essays in anthologies and literary magazines. In 2017, she received a residency at the Soltau Artist House in northern Germany with a focus on poetry. You can find out more on her website: doerthe-huth.com
We reached out to Dörthe to ask her about her inspiration and influences.
FP: Dörthe, how did you come to poetry?
DH: From an early age, writing was my best way of reflecting things and getting clear about it. For many years I did not attach any importance to the poems I wrote. They were a kind of waste product, created completely by doodling in the annual calendar or as short notes on pieces of paper that ended up in the trash at some point. I did not think about publishing my poetry. A few selected poems found their place within my first books about the joy of life, and later on I got a request whether I would like to be part of an anthology project. From that point, I payed attention to publishing options, if I had the time.
FP: Why do you write it?
DH: There are many ways to express thoughts and feelings, writing poems is one of them. Poetry is a form of creativity, art, and self expression and can also be an attempt to understand people, nature, or life. Sometimes my clients don't really know how to describe what's going on inside them. When words fail, it is my part to help with comparisons, images, or words. Poetry can be a method of building inner connections, especially when something touches us and we want to find mindful expressions. I appreciate to immerse myself in the world of poetry, forget the time, and reflect on the world in an alternative way.
FP: What do you hope people will come away with from reading your work?
DH: Readers sometimes tell me that some of my poems express what they themselves feel but could not put it into words. This applies to grief, anger, and sadness, for example. I hope some of my poems can be a helpful resource for finding solace, for inspiration, or for getting involved. A poem can convey messages and awaken its own feelings, associations, and conclusions.
Sometimes my clients use the metaphor of wind to illustrate the effects of their difficulties. The wind of life sometimes blows very strongly, comes from all directions, and can blow us away. A small gust of wind doesn't usually knock us over, but the higher the wind force, the more damage can it cause. He can pull, blow away and even destroy, like problems sometimes do. My poem "Wind“ is a reminder to take a firm stand when it winds around us, as long as it doesn't hold us down. Sometimes it may be better to seek shelter, hold on to something, or be held by someone until the wind has calmed down. Then it's time to focus on yourself, refuel and move on.