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why i write poetry

In describing the profession of journalism, David Simon remarked that a writing a story involves  answering the who, the what, the where, the when, the how and the why and answering that last question, the why, is what makes journalism an adult profession. The first five could be answered by a smart teenager.

"A Sugary Death" was written in collaboration with an anonymous woman who was just entering college. We had just met and we had, for a single night, a shared experience that could only be known to us two who were a part of it. At the end of the night we put together, by her hand and mine, the poem. In some ways, that poem embodies the experience of our night.

There is no way I can capture, in a literal prose text, a feeling of something ephemeral or fleeting. In the act of writing an event I would be creating a new feeling for a reader that is distinct from the one I am having myself. The novel tells is so much its own entity, a departure from the moment of inspiration and creation that generated the words on the page. The poem, to me, works and operates and expresses by surrounding a feeling. Rather than attempting to truly capture a feeling, a poem wraps around a feeling. When the reader looks in between the words, the feeling of the author can be felt.

It's because I am conversant. It's because I am verbal. It's because I am human who from time-to-time wants to share a feeling that I write poetry. Since the time I was a smart teenager it has been possible for me to answer the who, the what, the where, the when, and the how of a feeling. To answer the why? I write poetry.