Doug Bengtson recently put out his second book of poetry, entitled "Musings." Bengtson started writing poetry in 2009. He likes writing poetry that rhymes, and has structure. His poems vary in length, from short and witty to longer and more contemplative. He does challenge himself with different formats, and also non-rhyming and other styles to expand and challenge his creativity.
He is constantly looking for classes and workshops to learn all he can. He believes his second book is better due to his growth as an artist. He has more poems that have depth in this one. He likes to write poems that, after reading, require the question, "Ok, what is he talking about?" Bengston has a friend that got a lot more out of his poems after a second reading.
His ultimate goal is not fame or fortune. He dreams of having his poem read in a school classroom, and having students discuss an interpretation. The other goal is to inspire others to write poetry. Bengtson has a third book about halfway finished. He is tenatively titling it "Poetic Just-us," which comes from the collection of poems submitted from family members, in addition to his own. He challenged them to write poems. They learned a lot about the challenge of condensing a story into a small ryhme.
Often a poem needs to be read aloud and performed to be fully grasped. Bengtson likes to do readings, and he makes it a performance. Lighthearted poems are spoken with a whimsical, Suess-ian flow. Poems with depth can be somber, comtemplative, or whatever is required to bring the words to life. Bengtson is often struck by late night inspiration. Many times he's been up at 2:00 a.m. writing. The danger is if he leaves it until the morning, it often disappears from memory. His ideas come from life experiences, things he sees, or choosing a topic to challenge himself. The poems that challenged him the most have been about heavy topics, like soldiers and dementia. He talked about putting himself in their place, to understand what they are going through. Bengston hated English class, and actually failed it in high school. He was drawn to poetry in part because he gets to throw grammar and punctuation out the window. He still uses form and rhyme, but his poems are an expression from his own rules.