Why is poetry important?
Poetry is my whole life. I didn’t do it for a long time. Gave it up for many, many years. I was living life and reading like crazy. I feel that my experiences and what I read and observed, it gets experienced again in a contemplative, analytical way in poetry. Poems are important because I think they help us both relive experience in its most meaningful way, devoid of the extraneous. I love revisiting life in this way, even the dark aspects of life and learning from them, reminding myself of how far I have come and what victories I have made. Poetry is a celebration even when it’s sad, I believe. It marks a journey even when it’s dark and bleak. Sometimes my saddest poems both break my heart and make me feel a sense of happiness that other people might not reading them because I am past them. I survived it. When you write something that is bleak and painful, and it makes you feel it in your bones, remember, but you’re past it – it’s a wonderful thing. It’s a reminder of the complexity of life and the journey. That’s why I think poetry is important.