In case you haven’t noticed, I dabble in a little poetry writing. I cannot say I love poetry, or that I particularly love writing poetry. Writing poetry to me is almost like breathing, I absolutely must do it. I don’t really think about it until I need to do it, then I’m obsessed. It’s almost like a demon takes over your body and makes you do something, then when you’re done, you are back to ‘normal’ again.
My poetry can be found here. I used to have a Facebook page, but I’ve recently taken that down. It was too much to keep up with, and to be honest, I’m not a big fan of Facebook. In fact, if it weren’t one of the only ways I could talk to certain individuals, I would delete my account.
My poetry covers many subjects, from Greek Mythology to sex. I never wanted to be pinned down to writing about just one particular thing. Though I do honestly have my favorite subjects, which happen to be pure fantasy.
I believe I have stated before that I was introduced to some major poets by my friends in the UK. Wordsworth, Keats, Yeats, Donne, Moliere, and Marlowe. I’ve also listened to Clifford T Ward, and have enjoyed his work as well. I found that even if I hated a poem (you know, it happens) I learned something from it. Either a word, or how they phrased something, or even an emotion I hadn’t thought of in a while.
Poetry isn’t that much of a rage, really. I know I only read it when someone told me it would help my writing. (It didn’t)
Now for my rant.. Which you had to know was coming. You realize that poets aren’t normal people right? We don’t require formal training, nor do we need to be told that something we have done is wrong or right. We do what we want.
I actually believe that formal training, has a way of screwing up your writing. I also happen to believe that people’s opinion of your writing is none of your business. Asking for “constructive criticism” in your writing is like saying “I am not sure about myself, can you please tell me what I should be doing?” Your attitude about your writing should be “HERE! I have written a POEM!” You should be happy about what you’ve written, at least somewhat satisfied with it, and ready to present it to the world to either love or hate it. Either way, should not concern you. Most of mine I don’t particularly like. You know the ones I dislike the most, are typically the ones everyone else likes the most. It’s very odd. The ones I spend the most time on, and really like? Well, they typically get ignored. “Stupid American” is an example of that.
You don’t need to be taught how to write, if it is in you, then do it. When people try to tell you that you need to do it another way, tell them to shut up. People like all different styles of writing, they aren’t set to just one. I’ve had someone tell me they cannot stand rhyming poetry, but absolutely love one of mine that rhymed. I’ve converted people that said they didn’t like poetry, and suggest you do the same. (If you write poetry, that is.)
I’ve left groups in Facebook that claimed that criticism and suggestions were required. Not that I don’t want anyone telling me something about my poetry, but I don’t care, to be honest. One person may think something is complete trash, and another may love it. One person may think a poem would be better suited if you didn’t rhyme, and another may say it would be best if you did.
What I’m saying is, do whatever you want, ignore the people that ever try to change anything about you. That goes for everything in life, not just writing.