Daniel Scott Tysdal, author of Fauxccasional Poems, is participating in our Valentine’s Day Twitter Chat. We had some questions about how he celebrates love on February 14th and year round!
If you need some guidance writing to your valentine, join us on Twitter between 12-1pm on February 14th to get some professional help.
IFOA: What advice do you have for someone struggling to write a love letter?
Daniel Scott Tysdal: I’ve got two pieces of advice. One: be yourself. If you’re funny, be funny. If you’re serious, be serious. Second: be particular. Don’t rely on platitudes and generalizations. Share favourite memories of your lover. Share your specific hopes for your future together. Share how these memories and hopes make you feel.
IFOA: Did you write Valentines as a child? Do you still?
Tysdal: I still give Valentines to my one and only. On our first Valentine’s Day a decade ago, I gave her a phrenology bust. She was moved to tears. I was too anxious to enjoy Valentine’s Day when I was a kid. I was tormented by questions like: “Does an Optimus Prime Valentine that reads ‘You transform me’ truly and fully express my feelings for Amber?”
IFOA: What is the most romantic book you have ever read?
Tysdal: Don DeLillo’s Mao II.
IFOA: Roses, chocolates, candy, teddy bears. What do you prefer?
Tysdal: All of them. A candy filled chocolate teddy wearing a crown of roses. That’s my dream Valentine’s Day gift.
IFOA: If you had to pick just one poet to quote always who would it be?
Tysdal: For Valentine’s Day: Pablo Neruda. For always, it would be really cool to be able to quote a poet from the future, one writing two centuries from now. I would love to have a taste of what I’m going to miss.