Every April, I post about poetry because April is National Poetry Month. I love poetry!!! Poetry and lyrics were the first form of writing I started doing seriously as a teenager. I love the freedom of poetry. While, yes, there are “rules” in poetry, there aren’t really any rules.
My tag line comes from my love of writing poetry because of the flexibility it offers. My tag line is, “expressing ideas through creative word play”, and that is exactly what I do with poetry!! Yes, I do it in my books too, but books have actual rules you HAVE to follow, so the freedom is a little limiting there.
When I first started writing poetry, it was to express my own thoughts and feelings because I was a shy child who didn’t really start a conversation all that often with people. Thankfully, (I think) I’m a complete 180 from that now!!
Today when I write poetry, it has more to do with discovering what I can do with a particular grouping of words or ideas. Sometime, hopefully in the near future, I will be teaming up some friends of mine to write lyrics. Can’t wait to dive back into that!!!
People think poetry is hard for various reasons. The truth is…it isn’t. At least, I don’t believe it to be. Maybe I think that way because it started out as a way to escape for me. While I still do escape when I write, it’s so much more than that for me now.
Poetry opens up all my senses and helps me to “feel” the subject. It allows me to draw deep from within my mind for imagery and new words to play with. I’m not good at poetry on the spot like my friend, Scott Andrew James. He can take one word and write a poem for you right then and there. He does it with a typewriter. You should check him out, www.scottandrewjames.com. His is a talent I wish I could have a tenth of!
Anyway, enough rambling about poetry… but since it IS National Poetry Month, I should probably mention that I have a new poetry book due out soon… “Just a Doodle” be on the lookout for it… www.kwendt.com.

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