Kristopher Ivie


Kristopher Ivie began self-publishing his work in June of 2012. He is from a small town in Central Pennsylvania and began writing when he was in high school. After writing the poem “Yard Sale” in 2012 he realized that a large portion of his early work had been lost. This began a quest to preserve his existing work and to resume writing. The trend of music, photos, and videos going viral on the internet and social media sparked an interest in achieving the same success for writing. After searching for a suitable creative outlet he discovered Smashwords and compiled 3 collections of poetry (“The Bigger Picture”, “On the Verge of Life, Love, and Lyrics”, and “Words to Paint 1000 Pictures”). In addition to poetry, he began writing several science fiction novels and entering short fiction contests. His first short story is “Texting Death” which he published October 2012 in honor of Halloween.

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Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie poet / author?
I became an indie poet because I can’t find any living poets who can write something I’d actually enjoy reading. I love poets like Tennyson and Frost, but their styles are no longer embraced by the poetry community. The popular phrase circulated by the poetry community is that their works are examples of “Good Bad Poetry”. The sentiment being that rhyming or overly structured poetry is bad and that popular poets like Frost are simply an exception to the rule. If you dare praise their works you are ridiculed and if you critique free-verse you are crucified.

I have always loved to write poetry, but I hadn’t given publishing much thought until the summer of 2012. I was preparing for the annual community yard sale when I was struck by the desire to write a poem about it. Once it was finished I lamented the fact that I hadn’t written or read poetry for years. I started digging out poetry I had written years ago and I realized that even though I had managed to save a good chunk of my writing I had lost many of the poems I had written including a few that I had really liked. It became obvious to me that if I wanted to start writing again I needed to make sure my work wasn’t going to be just thrown in the trash a year or two later.

My first instinct was to look for an online community that would embrace various styles of poetry. I was quickly overwhelmed by the clash of cultures within the poetry community and the rest of the world. Poets were quick to criticize classical poets like Frost and Tennyson while declaring anything that rhymes or uses meter as “forced”, “pitchy”, “hallmarky”, or “sing-songy”. Most of them worshipped at the altar of Walt Whitman declaring the superiority of free-verse. These poets unfortunately control the poetry world. Formalists have tried to fight back but they have been marginalized. This has alienated people from poetry and resulted in the rejection of poetry by the main stream. I found no shortage of people declaring openly and emphatically that they “don’t like poetry” or that “poetry is dead”.

I came to the conclusion that poets are the problem and that people who “don’t like poetry” simply don’t like the poets. My style doesn’t fit in with the poetry establishment so I quickly concluded that the traditional route was unlikely to bear fruit. I soon discovered Smashwords and realized that the only real way for an indie poet like me to stand a chance is with an ebook. I knew that poets would be quick to label my work as “bad poetry” because so much of it is inspired by the “good bad poetry” that still fills the bookstore shelves. Despite that inspiration, my work is still my own unique style and at first I struggled to define it. As a result I have labeled my work as Awphul poetry in honor of the “bad poetry” label. I also wanted an acronym that emphasizes the phonetic qualities of this so called bad poetry. I have defined Awphul as Articulation With the PHonetic Use of Language. It has become my definition for what I consider to be poetry.
Why write poetry and why should people read your poetry?
Writing poetry is usually something deeply personal, but for me it is more about expression of my beliefs and spirit. I want my writing to be accessible whether it is a novel, short story, or a poem. I may occassionally leave people scratching their heads simply because I want them to delve deeper into the story or meaning of what was written. There are 2 reasons why people write or people speak and it is the same for both. One is simply that the person has something to say and the other is simply because they want attention. Most well written poems or stories are a combination of both. Poetry that is too abstract is like a baby crying in a room. No matter how interesting a conversation might be with the person next to you, the pure emotion of the child's cries will draw your attention. That is fine in that you know how the baby feels, but it doesn't provide you any satisfaction beyond that simple realization. Most people are not thrilled by the sound of a crying baby and the majority of these people aren't thrilled with the prospect of reading another emotionally charged poem they don't understand. My poetry won't be the crying baby in the room. At worst it will be either the boring guy who lectures you to sleep or the guy telling bad jokes who won't shut up. Of course, it could very well be the most interesting person in the room. You won't know until you've heard / read what it has to say.
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Where to find Kristopher Ivie online


Orange & More Awphul Poetry
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,360. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Over 50 poems dealing with a wide range of subjects. Orange is the color of controversy and many of these poems deal with social issues. The book also unveils the AWPHUL style which challenges the CRAP (Contemporary Regurgitations Applauded as Poetry) being passed off as poetry by the Dung Beetle Society that is modern poetry. AWPHUL is an acronym.
Going Viral Is Contagious
Price: Free! Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This short story is about a young man who finally creates a viral video. As the world begins to watch his video they all decide to create their own. The entire world is starting to go viral and for most people that means doing extremely dangerous things without thinking about their actions. Do not attempt any of the things described in this story.
Introduction to AWPHUL Poetry
Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: American English. Published: December 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Awful doesn't begin to describe Awphul poetry. Awful implies something jaw dropping; Awphul simply means Articulation With the PHonetic Use of Language. That means it uses things like rhyme and meter (gasp) but isn't necessarily traditional. This ebook features four Awphul poems that didn't go over well with other poets as well as a bonus short story as an incentive to suffer through the poetry.
Texting Death
Price: $1.16 USD. Words: 11,570. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A high school senior sends a text to a number claiming to provide messages about impending danger. He unwittingly involves his friends who all receive cryptic messages that at first appear to be just random advice. They soon realize that there is more to these messages than they ever imagined. Can you really trust a text message from Death?
Words to Paint 1000 Pictures
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,880. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This collection of poetry is about the world around us. It has 5 sections with 5 poems each. My goal was to let each poem paint a unique picture for every reader.
On The Verge of Life, Love, and Lyrics
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,630. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This book has 30 poems. 15 poems about life and 15 related to love. Many of these poems are inspirational, some are just fun, some will make you think, and others are more than they appear.
The Bigger Picture
Price: Free! Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
A short book of poetry (10 poems) dedicated to God and the Christian faith. I have written a large quantity of poetry over the years and have put my most Christian oriented works into this book.

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