Her Heart Poetry presents, Kristina Fanning ǀ @kristinafanning
A deft hand, a complex vocabulary, and work that draws the reader into the moment defines the poetry of Kristina Fanning. From the subtle and elegant to the punch-to-the-gut, Kristina’s poetry spans a wide range of emotions and experiences.
Her work, which lean towards micropoetry achieves connection in very few words, and is complex, layered and rich.
Kristina is a poet who is not afraid of the dark, or what hides inside. This gives her work authenticity and a realness that make it compelling to read.
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A word with Kristina:
Path to Poetry
I wasn’t the kid who wanted to be a writer, much less a poet. I didn’t even like writing. My grades were poor because I would sit there and think, rather than get to work and summarize the day away. But I enjoyed reading and language in general (I’m fluent in German). I spent a lot of time entertaining myself with stories and scenarios that played out in my head.
After a mediocre high school finish, I didn’t feel ready for college. I earned money working a summer job and took a year off to travel, a year full of good and bad experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything and from which I still draw insight and inspiration.
Then college happened. I realized I can be rather good at things. Things I cared about. I graduated with honors, added a masters degree, and became an editor for an educational publisher in California. Still, through all this, writing didn’t cross my mind since I had already checked that off in high school as a fail.
I love editing other people’s work, but at the same time, I was beginning to feel an itch to write. On my own terms. Not for an assignment, not for a grade. And once I started, I couldn’t stop. A dystopian fiction novel is now slumbering on my computer, wondering what I’m going to do with it. But also poetry.
In August 2016 I became more serious about poetry and started posting on Instagram, writing a little each day. I’ve always loved poetry. To me each poet has something unique to contribute. Even if I don’t agree, or if I dislike their style, I still respect and read their work. (The same is true for the way I look at music and art.) Among my favorite poets are Octavio Paz, Frank O’Hara, E.E. Cummings, and the ancient Chinese masters. Most recently DFW’s “Infinite Jest” has left a huge impression on me in regard to language use and style.
Instagram, where I came across Her Heart Poetry, is my sole public presence. For the time being, I plan to continue on this path of scribbling down a few words every day. I love empty pages. They carry the promise of things untold. It all starts with a thought, an idea that materializes from the fringes of my awareness, or a feeling that bubbles up from the depths of my heart, and I go from there.
The way I see it, it is the path you take and the crossroads you encounter that will shape the outcome. Perhaps a little like “intentional serendipity.” Be bold at times, be gentle, be fast, be slow, but don’t think about letting go until you’ve walked that path or taken a better one. Keep those empty pages close to your heart, because the only way to approach life is to keep listening to what’s inside of you and follow your passions.
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