Why Do Poets Write Poetry?
edited: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
By CJ Heck
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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006
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Why do Poets Write Poetry?
I can only speak for myself, but I'm sure other poets would understand. A friend once asked me why I write poetry. Judging by the pinched look on her face, she might as well have asked why I juggle venomous snakes, or worse, why I braid germy fly swatters … well maybe the look wasn't quite that bad, but when she asked the question, she definitely looked like she'd been sucking on lemons ...
While I’m convinced it’s not a disease, it might be at least an addiction … and an addiction with no twelve-step program for recovery. But based on her surprising question, I did ask myself, why DO I write poetry? I mean other than the obvious, which is that I enjoy it, and if that’s an addiction, well, as profound as that is, then I guess I enjoy my addiction. In fact, I actually enjoy scribbling thoughts and ideas wherever I am, on whatever I can find to write on. It's fun to come up with the perfect idea. Another poet would understand ...
To be fair and honest, I should have told my friend that to hold back a poem is like trying to hold in a sneeze. When you finally allow it to come out, it just feels good. Again, other poets would understand what I'm talking about.
To my friend, I simply said there are things inside that I have to get out. They’re uncomfortable where they are. Another way to say it -- it’s like having a mosquito bite that you can’t quite reach. When you finally get someone to scratch it for you, it just feels good.
So, I’ve decided I’ll live with my addiction, no matter what friends think. But geez oh man, I’ve got to make this short ... I feel a poetic sneeze coming on and it’s gonna feel so good when I finally let it out ...
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|Reviewed by Janet Caldwell
|Much enjoyed and I get it...I'd like to quote you on FB with credit to you...Much Love...xoxoxo|
|Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury
|A perfect picture of that addiction. I have to scribble constantly.|
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|Poems inside trying to go with a sneeze and sometime going out with a nosebleed...so powerful it can be.
I never thought, as you describe it, that the compelling of writing a poem is like a hitch inside your nose (and which good manners phohibit a goooooood back hand scratching, instead the poet sneezes).
I love metaphor and the people that using it.
Terribly well done !!!
|Reviewed by Malcolm Watts (Reader)
|Poems are released through us from the collective unconscious - somewhat akin to what Michaelangelo said of sculptures - that they revealed/released themselves from the raw stone with his help. We give poetry birth but are not entirely responsible for them in my view.|
|Reviewed by Denise Contreras
|An addiction never thought of it like that Writing is also an art and a form of healing keep up your writing.
|Reviewed by H. Lena Jones
|Writing is such joy, whether it be poetry, prose, or novels. You are absolutely, there are things inside that want to get out...so they come out in the written word. Some will like what you write, others just won't. That's okay. If what you write brings joy and upliftment to just one soul, the your writing was/is not in vain! Keep writing, my friend, and the same to all you writers of AD.
|Reviewed by Jennifer Butler
|When a poem happens, there is no reason other than that it is.|
|Reviewed by Rusty Daily
|CJ, braid germy fly swatters? Oh!! that was good. And, I think you hit the nail on the head. Whenever I get an idea for a poem I just have to put it on paper. Sometimes though I just start writing and one thing piles on top of another and kazingy, a poem.
Germy fly swatter hugs to you
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Write on CJ only another writer would know the feeling that comes from seeing all the words fall into place to express our thoughts.
|Reviewed by Peter Paton
You have said it ALL
It is an Addiction...heh
An Addiction of Love