Real Name: Antoine

Age: 17 alas! 18 next week on the 13th though.

Location: Quebec City, Canada

Favorite Band: Somewhere between The National, Led Zeppelin and Floyd

Most Inspirational Lyricist: Ok, where to start. Definitely Dylan, Cohen, Oberst, Thom Yorke, Damien Rice, Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel), Roger Waters, Ben Gibbard, Paul Banks (Interpol), Colin Meloy (the Decemberists), Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips), Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, Jim Morrison, Nick Drake, Dave Grohl , Jeff Tweedy (if not only for the line "I am an American aquarium drinker"). Believe it or not Tom Delonge is up there (though instrumentally, and theme-wise I despise Blink 182), I can't help but admire how well he uses iambic pentameter (guess why his songs are catchy).

As you can see my influences are very diverse, and I believe that if a limited number of writer's inspire you, you will really be eventually limited to mere pastiche.

Poet-wise, I'd have to go with Yeats, Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth + Coleridge, Donne, Auden. I am also a huge fan of novelist Roald Dahl whose whimsical manipulation of language, mastery of the narrative and puns I admire to this day.

Why Do You Write:
I write as an attempt to become immortal. Writing something that people will be able to look at say two hundred years from now and appreciate would be my ultimate dream. This is always going to be what I strive for. Personal ranting should be trivial in a piece if it is truly to be universal. I try to write in layers, so that both non-readers and the chosen few that can understand my more subtle allusions or implied philosophical tidbits can enjoy reading what I write. One more thing that's definitely present in my writing is a call to empathy (I want all of you kids to be socially responsible and conscious human beans ( ) )

Favourite (Poochedit : I added the "u", silly Americans ) Writer On UG:
PiNk_ThE_pUnK , Will, Pixiesfanyo, Glenn

Most Helpful Critiquer: William, followed by scousertommy and Pinkey

Your Best Work: None of my pieces are quite that fabulous on their own, but it is as a collective that they gain a bit of relevance.

Your Most Recent Work and Reason Behind It:
my latest: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=365754 It is meant to be an introduction to my "collective works" if I may permit the pretension it is meant to bring about the issue of rebirth, which has become a fixation for my writing. I've also tried to blend the general/specific; the cosmic and the microcosmic.

Tips For Newer Writers:

-Read as much poetry (and novels/short stories) as you possibly can. Your writing will exponentially improve.
-Be a perfectionist! This is truly critical, as a lot of pieces have a few promising components but are only mediocre as a whole. One sub-par line can totally destroy a piece, so apply yourself fully and end when you have nothing left to say.
-Learn to read poetry. No, reading a poem once through is not going to get you anywhere, don't be afraid of spending an hour musing on a piece. The internet can be helpful for getting you started if you miss out on what is said.
-Remember that what you mean is irrelevant; in the end, only the words on the page give the real meaning.
-Rhythm is you friend. Experiment with a strict meter and learn to write with such a "barrier"; what you write within will become stronger.
-Use allusion, even if you think not everyone will get "it"; that and imagery/metaphors are the meat and potatoes of a good poem.
-Be brave enough to be different, yet be wise enough to acknowledge the greats.

Final Comments You Wish To Share:
I'd just like to thank the regulars! S&L has helped me improve my writing tenfold. Reading others work and receiving insightful crits (although message to everyone: don't let those buggers bring ya down, learn to acknowledge their advice but take it with a grain of salt ) Oh and thanks for those who voted for me, this means a lot. I may be on a bit less this summer, but I'll try to keep up. Enjoy the footy and the summer
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congrats man, you really deserved it
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I like your favourite song writers, loads of good ones there.

I also like Quebec.

Your tips are controversial to me though, but who cares.

I think you deserve it becuase you're a pretty intelligent writer and combine some cool ideas, but I never like your fonts you use, it puts me off, so change that!

How long have you been writing?
Quebec City? Sweet. I'm gonna go there this summer for vacation. Anyways congrats man.
Can you see in the dark? Can you see the look on your face?
Why Do You Write: I write as an attempt to become immortal.

Wrong reason to write, but you still do what you do well.

Bukowski put it perfectly, in my opinion, albeit being a little over-the-top, I think it sends the right message: (I was saving this as advice for new writers if I ever make WotM, but you deserve it more than them.)

if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
don't do it.

if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to roar out of
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.
if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in

there is no other way.

and there never was.
Hey Ret! yeah I may not have put it correctly, i don't care about fame, but what I do hope is that the words speak more than the man; if my writing is enjoyed by anyone I'm happy. To be honest, I didn't really answer the question "why I write", but the answer is to create something beautiful; for the beauty of Art.

EDIT: To ThePickups: I've been writing for a bit over three years, but it hasn't been until about a year ago that I started to write stuff other than the usual lyrical crap.
Last edited by pooch0072 at Jun 9, 2006,
Wow, I dont agree with most of your post ret... I have a completely different philosophy, but thats a different topic for a different thread.

I completely agree in your point Pooch that its always good to utilize empathy throughout pieces, it adds a whole nother layer of comprehension. Congrats again!
Why Do You Write: I write as an attempt to become immortal.

Wrong reason to write, but you still do what you do well.

that's a pile of ****.

writing to become immortal is a great reason.

having something to be remembered by.

it's not all about having to vent emotions, you can write for others still.

plus, that poems there to put everyone off, not as some stupid rules.

bukowski's a witty writer, he writes it to confuse people like you in a simple way.

[my pc is stalling every time i try to edit, so sorry for double posting]

if you're doing it for money or
don't do it.

that's a load of crap. you can write for fame or money or anything; a **** off a girl, a memory, whatever you want. You don't just have to do it becuase you reallllly need to and it's the only way you can survive is by writing every single night non stop.

you can write whenever you want, once a year, after sex, before sex, during sex.

Plus, Bukowski used to write for money, and you'd know that if you read more from him, as alot of his work was witty and as a joke or to put new writers off.

Sorry for the incohenerce of all that^, I'm rushing.

And I'll stop spamming, it's just I don't like close minded views on stuff like this.

Well done again Poochie Smoochie

Last edited by thepickups at Jun 10, 2006,
Congratulations Pooch I was more than surprised that you put me as one of your favorite writers, touched to say the least. Again, well done you deserve it

Thou shalt always go for greatness
Thou shalt not commit adulthood (ALL)
Thou shalt not partake of decaf (ALL!)
Thou shalt not have no idea (ALL)
Thou shalt not allow anything to deter you in your quest for all (ALL!)
Thanks for the kind words everyone! I haven't been on much at all as of late, stuck at work too much. I do have a new piece up though. Oh and by the way, it's always nice to stir up a bit of controversy or get a debate going All the best to the writers out there!