A few years ago, I was all about poetry. You want poetry? I was your girl. I had a little notebook I carried around with me, and I would write in it whenever I was feeling inspired.
I felt most inspired in the spring, mostly because I wasn’t trapped in the house, stuck staring at the same wall for hours on end. I particularly loved sitting under trees and writing, like I was freaking Sylvia Plath or something.
The thing about writing poems is that something about it makes everyone believe that they are excellent at it. It’s just like abstract art: people look at a canvas filled with multi-colored paint splatters, scoff and go, “I could do that EASY!”
The truth is, abstract art and poetry alike are VERY difficult, and it takes extreme talent, or years of dedication, or both, to be good at it. I don’t pretend to be excellent at poetry anymore.
I like to read poetry far more than I like to write it. I understand how broad the horizons of poetry are, I know that anyone can write it, and that you don’t have to be good at it, but the entirety of middle school English, for some reason, has left a really sour taste in my mouth.
I’d rather stick to prose and screenplays. Fiction and speeches, movies and books, stories. I don’t pretend to be good at any of that either, but to me, it has always seemed there was more method to it, more structure. It’s easier to grasp, it’s easier to learn.
That being said, I’ll be participating in National Poetry Writing Month.
I’ll be writing poetry daily for a month, starting now. This means that I’ll be taking a short hiatus from this blog. I have a lot of writing projects up in the air, and this blog will just have to take a seat on the back burner for a bit. With the spring comes a ton of short story writing contests, and I’d like to be able to submit some. There’s no way I can do a daily poem plus this blog plus at least three short stories by the end of the month.
Hopefully by the end of the month, I won’t have such a disdain for poetry writing. We’ll see. Wish me luck, and adios till May!