My dear blogging friend, Mike Allegra, made a particularly interesting comment after reading one of my blog posts. I had published a poem that day and he recommended that I get working on a chapbook. I was humbled by his comment and embarrassed that I had never heard of a chapbook. (Thank you to the kind people at Google for making me slightly more knowledgeable!)
I rolled the thought around in my head for a while and then that thought, like all the other unrecorded ideas, escaped the confines of my brain. Much to my delight, the idea had not completely exited my cranium. The word chapbook popped up again on my radar and made me ponder the thought once again.
I began to go back through my previous posts to reacquaint myself with my poetic entries on this blog. I was actually surprised at how many poems I have published and I enjoyed reading some of the poems I had completely forgotten.
When I began my writing journey I was a slightly awkward sixth-grader who really knew nothing about stanzas or rhymes. Words just seemed to come from somewhere and I gravitated more to poetry than I did to storytelling. Thankfully I have since embraced both but there is always a draw to poetry when I feel the need to express more emotion.
Poetry allows me to tell tales of love and loss. It gives me permission to dream. It lets me hope that the world will be a better place. And it lets me believe in my desires. By clicking on those links, you’ll see how much I enjoy poetic expression.
I think a chapbook is just the project I need to begin 2016 on the right foot. Any thoughts or advice in the comments section would be very welcome.
Happy New Year to all and may 2016 bring you all the things you desire!