I've been writing poetry every since I can remember. I started out playing with word rhymes and making up little poems in cards for my parents. Then, I wrote a Halloween poem as an assignment for class in the 4th grade. This is the moment I became a poet.
I've written hundreds, possibly even thousands of poems since that day in Ms. Ramon's class. I have notebooks filled with scratched-out stanzas, half-poems and ideas scribbled across the pages. I have floppy disks filled with poems I wrote in college for my Poetry Writing classes (I took three). I have words written in slant rhyme and hard rhyme, typed and hand-written, slipped into books or boxes for safe keeping, all over my room. They are everywhere, which is why 3 years ago I started posting them on a poetry blog.
I started My Life in Words as a way to keep all of my words in one place - both for me and for anyone who wants to read them. I still write poems in notebooks and other random spaces, but mostly I type them out on my poetry blog. Tonight, I posted my 200th poem. It was a spectacular moment many days in the making.
My poems don't follow form or function, and they're not really what some would call "academic". They just are. I let the words flow through me like electricity flows through an outlet. I conduct the emotion into words and write them on the page. Sometimes, the words make sense together and sometimes they don't. Either way, it's what I'm feeling in the moment in the purest form.
If you like poetry, or even if you don't, check out my site. It's got a little something for everyone I think. Plus, it features some new poems that will be part of The Anneslee Poetry Project. Anneslee is a character in a book I'm writing; and like me, she's also a poet. She's 16 and has a lot of drama, so skip her poems if you want something lighter. There's also a lot of unrequited love stuff - something I've been working through for a while. But mostly, I think you'll find a lot of human stuff.