I started writing my letter poems about four years ago in my senior year of college. I started with a poem to someone I actually knew. It was an actual letter, and I wrote it in poem form. Then, I started writing poems to people I imagined. I started writing poetry for imaginary artifacts. I like the letter poem because I feel a closer connection to audience when I write letter poems, as though I am actually talking to someone.
Part of the problem of being an unpublished poet is that one constantly has a feeling that is similar to literary masturbation. It’s nice and all, but it is ultimately not as fulfilling as something else we can imagine. The letter poem lets me imagine that more than 10 people are going to read my work. I like it.