Hey! You might love poetry or you might hate it, but there are a few things to know about reading poems I write.
- When you read poetry, only pause at punctuation – NOT at the end of lines. Sometimes (especially with poems with end rhymes), the thought will run from one line into the next; if you pause at the end of a line that doesn’t have punctuation, you’ll be very confused.
- Poetry is, by nature, deeply personal. HOWEVER, that does not mean that I’ve personally felt all the things I’ve written about. Sometimes I watch a movie, read a book, or observe people and imagine what they think. Don’t go searching for meaning in my personal life because I can’t promise it’s there. When I have a specific inspiration, I’ll leave a note at the end of the poem.
- There are different styles of poetry. I tend to prefer free verse, which has no restrictions. Occasionally I will write rhyming poetry, sonnets, or songs. I particularly like to experiment with sounds and spacing of poetry.