I read once that there is nothing to writing
you just sit down at a typewriter
I think you can
learn a dictionary, study a thesaurus, travel the universe,
but still lack the emotional rawness
to beautifully string together
And poetry has this misconception
that to be admired and felt
it must be damaged and foreboding.
I think the best poetry is
not structured, not theoretical, not rational.
It comes deep from within
and invites people to experience
the loss and love imposed upon
This isn’t to say that poetry
can’t be love and pastoralism
and dreams and hopes.
The most visceral of writing
isn’t always ideal and optimistic.
I think the true criterion of literature
is that the author experiences
some release, some catharsis, some awakening
that made worthwhile
I can’t be held accountable
for your reaction to my work
because I am not responsible for
the circumstances in which I was placed,
the atmosphere to which I was exposed,
the ache to which I was subjected.
I think you shouldn’t want
my experiences, my thoughts, my feelings.
You have your own.
That’s the story for your poetry
when you’re ready to give it