“I used poetry as a way to preserve my privacy and test out my hypotheses of the world. It was my way of encoding my views so no one could tell me my observations of people, places or things were childish, or incorrect.” Kathryn Neel shares her journey into poetry.
I didn’t start writing poetry until I was in my mid-forties. Growing up, I wasn’t the kind of kid who wrote poetry or holed up in his room writing a journal. As a teenager, I loved the singer-songwriters of the sixties — Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell – and I […]
I don’t recall how it happened; how I got bamboozled (love that word) into writing poetry. This much I know: L.L. Barkat is to blame. (Handcuff her, folks. Lead her away.) She recommended I start by reading Billy Collins so I did and loved it. I loved how his words only made sense if you […]