Why I Write

“Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.”
— Henry David Thoreau

I started this blog as an online poetry notebook, thanks to National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo 2013). My goal was 30 poems in 30 days. It took me longer than 30 days, but after I completed 30 I decided to keep on going.

Now, I have decided to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry. I am excited to continue learning and growing as a poet, as an artist. I haven’t applied to any programs yet, but I am praying, researching, going to AWP, and will apply to several programs this fall.

 

The most direct connection that I have to the beautiful things that this life and world have to offer is through words. As a result, words are a very important to me. I try very hard to use them wisely, realizing the power they can possess.

“If a poem holds only what we already understand and are comfortable with, we wouldn’t need the poem.” -Jane Hirschfield

However, in the past few years, as I have begun reading and absorbing other poets and their work, I have discovered a dormant part of me that is rooted in indignation. This rage that I always suppressed (since I am not a rager) has started coming out and I have been scraping and sculpting it into poems. The main catalyst for this was Claudia Rankine’s book, “Citizen.” I heard her read parts of it in 2015 at the Academy of American Poets Poet’s Forum, and again in October 2016 at the Dodge Poetry Festival, where I purchased a copy and brought it home with me. In many ways, I relate to some of the scenarios and microagressions that she exposes in her book. It took me to places in my past where I remember being oppressed as a female, or just simply “other.” Rankine’s poems reunited me with the feeling of helpless rage that I had long ago buried. But, it has given me the courage to bring my experiences out of the silence of forget, and give myself the voice I was never allowed to have.

“…every poem breaks a silence that had to be overcome…”

Adrienne Rich

Unfortunately, I can no longer share new poems on my blog- at least none that I hope to have published in any literary journals. However, as my poems do become published, I will share links and photos of them here.

 

I found a good article that has some helpful hints for both readers and poets: Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies

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6 Responses to “Why I Write”

  1. autorediessere July 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Just nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award and Inner Peace Award: http://awriterssong.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/hi-all-so-awriterssong-just-got-nominated-for/
    – Autore

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  2. Wellie July 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    A lovely blog you have here! Keep at it. Looking forward to more 🙂

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  3. angieinspired September 18, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    I started my blog of poetry when times were tough, similar to your reason of sanity. I like your inspiration quote, “make good art.” Creating something new when it’s the same old makes me happy. Look forward to reading more of your art.

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    • lupitatucker September 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Thanks Angie! I appreciate the encouragement 🙂 I hope I can do the same for you.

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  4. fredzep93 November 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Hi again Lupita 🙂 Okay, I’ve had a look round your awesome blog, and having your poems listed is quite handy for those who want to access them quickly, but perhaps, if possible, add a ‘categories’ section, if you know what I mean?
    I just think sorting your poems out by genre/type would make things even easier for the wandering blogger who may come across your world and be interested. I’m not sure of WordPress offer such an option, but I hope that helps somewhat! 🙂

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