Why write and publish poetry?

Poetry. I feel like it is such a lost art in this day in age. Many people may think that poetry is for the sophisticated and scholarly, but I disagree. Others may find it stuffy and boring. Not so.  You can find all kinds of poetry to suit your tastes. It’s not all grandiose overrated love poems, as some would assume. Some of the best poems I have read are about pain,heartache, and life.  Why write and publish poetry? It’s not something people look for. It never makes the New York Times Bestseller list. As I pointed out earlier, it is an obscure art.

Writing poetry for me is the quickest and easiest way for me to get my feelings out, no matter what they are. Many times I am writing about someone I know or have known. For me, it’s like instead of my stomach churning to vomit, it’s my soul. Gross analogy, I know. But that’s exactly what it feels like to me. Like my soul is vomiting and then all my emotions and thoughts just calm down. It has always been comforting and cathartic to me. I used to write a lot when I was younger. (Ha, I say that like I’m so old. ) In my late teens to mid twenties I used to write a lot of poetry, eventually filling ten notebooks. They all sat on my bookcase for quite some time. I knew I wanted to publish them someday, I just didn’t know how to do it.

Why do I write and publish poetry?

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In January of 2014, I started researching publishing options and in March of 2015, I published my first book of poetry, Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise. Why publish such an obscure art form? As a writer, I didn’t want my work just collecting dust on a shelf.  I truly believe poetry can change lives. My hope as a writer is that someone will read my poems and say, “Wow, someone else has felt the way I do and got through it.” For those of you who are new to my work, a lot of my poetry is very dark and depressing. As I said, a lot of it was written during a time when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I was definitely an infatuation junkie, falling for the wrong kind of men and those who were completely unavailable. This time in my life is chronicled in Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise. My latest, Shadow Of Soul, is sort of a continuation of that time with a few other poems mixed in. On the flip side of depressing is my book The Safety Of Objects, which has poems about the different ‘things’ in our lives, like shoes,  grass, and sand. It is much more mellow than the other two. However, I am proud of all three.

At the heart of it all, I have published my poetry because I love the art form and as I said, I believe it can change lives.  I believe it can open hearts and minds to new ways of thinking and feeling. I believe it can help mend broken hearts and souls who feel there is no way out of the situation they are in or that they will never get over their broken heart.  I believe that people can find poetry that speaks specifically to them. I am also honored to be among some of the greats-Edgar Allan Poe, William Butler Yeats, and Robert Frost.  Like Frost, I have chosen the road not taken, and it has made all the difference.

Do you like poetry? Who are some of your favorite poets? I would love to know.

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