We’ve all been asked. I write posts about why poetry matters all the time. I write posts about why other people have chosen poetry. I write posts about why I choose poetry, why I continue to choose poetry.
When I was a kid, I wrote a poem about a talking turkey. I handed it to an adult, and they read it and told me how well I’d done. I realized something: when you write a poem, no one can tell you you lied.
Honesty has always been really important to me. I’ve spent my life trying to say things and being told I’m emotional, dramatic, over blown. I’ve spent my life proving the truth. Poetry has always been my biggest, strongest ally. Poetry offers safe haven to all of us, disenfranchised or not.
I am a walking, breathing contradiction. Poetry is the only thing I can do to fit this person I am.