Some days, I liken writing poetry to stringing my heart and soul up on the clothesline for everyone to see, but there’s a beauty in sharing our deepest words. I have two particularly honest/intimate poems up at Flora Fiction’s Spring 2022 issue about New Beginnings, “Sunrise” and “Writer, Revisited”. Check out the free download here on their website, or consider supporting the magazine if you can. Poetry carried me through cancer treatment, and it’s with me in these cautious days of early remission.
So much of my poetry continues to be inspired from both the hardships and joys of that time; the picture on the left is me and my two older boys in the midst of my chemotherapy, circa April 2020. My oldest is not always so grumpy; it’s for show mostly. The kids are an inspiration through their unabashed humor, unrestrained love, and unexpected antics, always.
I’ve mentioned before on here that nature is another inspiration of mine when writing poetry, though it does come into my fiction as well, when setting a scene or building a more powerful metaphor for my characters’ stories. Though fiction will always be my first love, I’ve developed quite the soft spot for poetry over the last two years. What are your favorite things to write, and why?