In honor of national poetry month I wanted to discuss what is the point of poetry? I feel like it is such a lost art in this day and 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. It’s not something people look for. It rarely the New York Times Bestseller list. As I pointed out earlier, it is an obscure art.
Or is it? Contemporary poet Rupi Kaur has brought poetry into the limelight and has sold millions of copies of her two books of poetry, Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers. To me, she is a rockstar and she gives me hope that if her poetry can be discovered by the masses, so can mine. I love even more that April is national poetry month which brings this unique way of writing into the forefront.
Why I Write Poetry
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 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. I still write poetry from time to time.
The Beginning of My Journey
Those ten notebooks 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. 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 poet 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.
I also published my second book of poetry, The Safety of Objects that year. This book contains much ligher poetry and is much more mellow.
My third book of poetry, Shadow Of Soul, was released in 2017 and is sort of a continuation of Lithium Dreams with a few other poems mixed in.
Poetry as a Balm to the Soul.
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. This art form can open hearts and minds to new ways of thinking and feeling.
Poetry 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 think 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.
What Are Some of Your Favorite Books Of Poetry?
Do you love the gentle rhythm of rhyme and verse? Do you get caught up in emotions splashed on the page and sonnets depicting the deepest of emotions?
I know I do. Those who know me know that I love poetry. I love everyone from Robert Frost and Edgar Allan Poe to Jalaine Halsall and Leghorn Faust.
In honor of national poetry month, here are some of my favorites.
The Road Not Taken and Other Poems by Robert Frost-This book contains all of his best stories and poems. I love it.
To Hell With Love: Poems To Mend A Broken Heart–If you are going through a breakup, this book is a must have. It covers all aspects, from the initial breakup to feeling like you can’t live without the person to revenge to healing.
Edgar Allan Poe: The Complete Collection- This book contains two of my favorites, The Raven and Annabelle Lee.
More Poetry Favorites
Halfway Up The Stairs by Jalaine Halsall– I recieved this book from my poetry instructor in college. He picked out a book for each of us in class by a poet that reflected our own writing. He did a good job, it’s an excellent book. Therefore, I will keep it forever.
Via Storm Clouds by Leghorn Faust–I came across this poet via a zine from a local bookstore where I used to live. His poetry speaks to me and reminds me of the emotions felt in my own writing. I find the poems in this book and those that contributed, to be brilliant.
Progressive Digression by Jordan M Elrich-I can relate to the poems in this book because the author wrote them at a young age, just as I did with Lithium Dreams. He is really good.
Are you a fan of poetry? Do you write? What are some of your favorite poets and poetry books? I would love to know.