I’m blogging anonymously to give me the freedom to express some personal thoughts on living, loving, writing, singing and other things that are important to me.
By hiding my name and identifying information, I find I can be much more honest and direct, and use this as a space where I can say those things that I might not say if any random acquaintance or colleague could immediately associate it with me. But while I want to stay free and anonymous, it seems fair to give you a bit more background on who I am!
Why Words that sing? Is it just an egotistical claim that my words sing? Actually I chose the name because I am both a writer and a singer, and wanted the blog to be about both. And recently it has occurred to me that, when I’m writing poetry, I try to find words that really resonate with what I want to convey. So when I find words that start to have a singing-ish feel, I start to think I’m getting there.
And why Lirone? It’s a woman’s name that means “song is mine, joy is mine”. When I chose it, it was more an aspiration as I was feeling miserable and unable to sing. I’m glad to say it’s now true in reality! (It’s also the name for an old musical instrument from the lyre family, which isn’t entirely irrelevant as I used to play early music!)
Why am I blogging? I started because I was feeling trapped into silence by the painful ending of a relationship. And because I remembered the joy I used to find in writing, and wondered if I could rediscover it. It’s been a real space for expressing things I needed to express, healing wounds. And also, I hope, being a place where others can find encouragement and strength in their difficult times. I try to keep the site a peaceful and optimistic place to visit, one where people visit and leave refreshed and renewed.
Writing with an audience, and with the opportunity to share with a gifted community of writers, has been both instructive and inspiring. Receiving thoughtful feedback makes the next poem flow more easily. And various prompts have challenged me to stretch my skills, think about new ideas and overall enriched me hugely as a writer. Even after a couple of months I feel my poetry is immeasurably better than when I started, and I hope to go on improving.
On a practical level, I’m female, in my early 30s, normally London based but currently living and working overseas for a few months, still single but now happily so, doing an interesting and satisfying job but still finding that most of the joy of my life is in the dancing, writing, singing and communicating that I do outside of work!
Please enjoy this blog, comment and come back soon!