Creativity Shift

Guys…

Something has happened to me…

I feel so ashamed, but I can’t hide it anymore.

I have been writing…poetry. Lots and lots of poetry. Haha

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I have an appreciation for some verse, but my experiences with bad modern poetry have turned me off from nearly all of it for years. As a teenager I wrote my share of shitty rhymes that read like a bad Goth Talk journal. A lot of us did. I never expected to see anyone publish some of that junk though. Add in terrible love poems from exes and that did it.

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Epics are the exception. They never lost their favor with me. It takes a lot of work to write a good epic, but the over lengthy lines of flowery verse saturated with more metaphors than sustenance always made me roll my eyes.

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And the greats never stopped shining. Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman never got old. So when I used to say I hated poetry, I often caught myself having to correct my words and say: MOST poetry. Because, like a lot of writing, it’s over-saturated with people who think it’s an easy way to try and make money or gain fame. Haha

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Money and fame don’t make a great writer, great writers find their way to paid publishing and a fan base. And I’ll be the first to admit that all writers are hypocrites. We’re the WORST.

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I always do my best to be honest and connect with my readers with genuine integrity. But life loves to shift things. When I got pregnant with my first child I started writing more than I ever had. Before that it was just a hobby that I sometimes took to for myself and myself alone. Something about the nesting period or maybe the prospect of bringing a life into this world sparked new ideas.

Whatever it was, it led me to a career that has been very rewarding (although I have a long way to go).

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When I got pregnant with my second kiddo, my writing stayed steady and I also got back to writing music. I had quit a singing career, but my songwriting improved. The writing was always what mattered most to me.

And here I am now, writing poetry…

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What does this mean?

Well I married am artist who dabbles in poetry. I shouldn’t say dabbles, he’s my favorite poet and reminded me that not ALL modern poetry sucks by introducing me to Ron Padgett.

So of course as soon as I started writing a bunch of silly kiddie poems (a-la Shel Silverstein – who influenced me greatly.) I should have known something was up. Humor has always been my greatest joy. It’s great for enjoying the best of life and coping with the worst. There is nothing I love more than a good laugh, well except someone who can always give me that good laugh like my children and my husband.

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BUT I am happy to share that I am pregnant with my 3rd and last kid. (For real this time. My new husband and I are not planning on opening a breeding farm or anything). Three is a powerful number and this kid is already influencing my work in the best way possible.

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It’s often good for us to eat our words. I can’t honestly say that I hate poetry anymore because I’ve been having so much fun writing it. There’s always a new form of creativity born from my kids.

Being a mom isn’t for everyone. I don’t believe that all writers should be parents. We all have different methods, but I’m always astounded that each pregnancy brings me new self-discoveries.

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Self-discovery is vital to an author’s growth. Whether that blossoms from the inspiration of parenting, isolation, pain, or happiness, we each have our own road to follow and mine has a variety of verse to discover.

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