“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, after 4 years of writing poetry on a regular basis, I have decided to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry. This has become one of the most important things I have ever done, and I am excited to continue learning and growing as a poet.
I heard a quote from a commencement speech Neil Gaiman gave a while back. He said that when things go wrong, or get difficult, or really screwed up, make good art.
I suppose this is my attempt to do that- to make art, good or not.
I have been a poet since the tender age of 8, but at age 26 stomething happened that made me stop writing altogether. In March 2014 I wrote a personal poetic manifesto: click here to read Invictus.
When I am scraping the barrel, feeling down, or very stressed, it helps me to write about joyful, beautiful, sweet, wonderful, romantic, or touching things that I have either experienced personally, or have composed in my mind. That’s all I can really say about all this. 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.
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 doing what I can to scrape and sculpt it into poems. The main catalyst for this I believe was Claudia Rankine’s book, “Citizen.” I had heard her read parts of it in 2015 at the Academy of American Poets Poet’s Forum, and again this past October 2016 at the Dodge Poetry Festival. I was able to relate in many ways to some of the scenarios and things that she exposes in her book. It took me to places in my past where I remember feeling that same systemic oppression. So now I am exploring those themes in my poetry as well.
Unfortunately, I can no longer share new poems on my blog- at least none that I hope to have published in any literary journals. But, hopefully as time goes on I can share some more poems here.
No Drama, Just Poetry
For my family and friends that stop by: a couple of you have expressed concern that some of my poems might seem a little dark, or melancholic, kind of the opposite of how I am in person! I want to reassure you that I am OK. Writing poetry is a way for me to let off steam and vent a little. Also, sometimes I write poems that express sentiments or emotions that are not necessarily mine. It’s a way for me to stretch, creatively speaking. Do not be alarmed! I try hard to avoid melodrama, but it takes a lot of courage for me to write about personal things, so thank you for understanding and respecting that.
I found a good article that has some helpful hints for both readers and poets: Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies
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