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 […]
Daddy sang age-old ballads, country tunes, folk songs, and recited Edgar Allan Poe. A traveler with an adventurous spirit, he regaled me with long stories of swimming in lakes, rivers, and oceans, or of indigenous people in faraway lands who welcomed him into their lives and homes. He’d been disoriented but never lost in the […]
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 […]
I know poetry is where I’m meant to be. I just can’t escape it.
I liked poetry at that point in my life, but I didn’t love it.
After my mom died, I thought I’d never write another poem. Enter Susan Wooldridge’s book Poemcrazy.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been writing poetry, brainstorming lines. I imagine the right-brained play is overflowing into my creative process on the job.
I cannot remember a time when there was not a passion for cadence and knowing and naming. This is the stuff of poetry.
Instant has cheapened us. We need the forgotten process but we don’t know it. So I started capturing poetry, as a cathartic process.
Armed with a finance degree, I tackled poetry like an equation to be solved. Zack Saloom’s Journey into Poetry.
Get me at a cocktail party. Get me talking about writing poetry. Get me talking about what made the difference. Just a phone call.
These days, I can’t imagine my life without poetry.
I was afraid of poetry. And so, I avoided it.
I now realize that poetry isn’t a tool to impress. It’s a way to reflect the soul.
I have to have poetry in regular doses or the other writing I’m doing begins to suffer.
I have no business writing poetry. I am a corporate executive whose days are filled with calculus and quantifications.
Here at T. S. Poetry, nothing could make us happier than when a person discovers poems.