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The World of Undiscovered Poets: Amy Wood
Life is hard. Full of harsh realities meant to tear us up, and rebuild us over and over again, till the day we die. Some people believe in happily ever after, sunshine, and rainbows. Looking on the bright side, helps them keep pushing on. Then there are others who know life for what it truly is. Life is a dirty, ugly, harsh world of chaos. There is no rhyme or reason, only a million paths that can be chosen, and consequences that must be paid for choosing one. Poetry is as much a reflection of life as it is a way to vent out the hardships life has given us. Some poets choose to use their words to inspire and uplift, and others choose to tell the unedited truth as seen through their eyes. The poet I would like to introduce you to this week is of the latter group. She has seen some of the harshest realities life can throw at us, and to know the world through her eyes is to know the true darkness that exists in each and every one of us.
I was introduced to Amy Wood’s poetry through a mutual acquaintance of ours on MySpace, and while I did not take the time to really appreciate her poetry initially, a few days ago I rediscovered her work, and I was truly amazed. I read her poem titled “30 Minutes With My Shrink”, and I knew she was a major discovery.
Amy Wood’s poetic story began four years ago, when her fiancé made the choice to end his life. This life altering event led her to a path of alcoholism which Amy is still battling today. In Amy’s attempt to reach out to the world she opened a MySpace account, and decided to submit a poem she had written when she was younger titled “15”. The next morning she received 200 friend requests from other poets.
Amy’s poetry is a reflection of her life, past, present, and future. Her biggest influences are her two daughters, Sarah and Erin. They are the definition of her entire world and the reason why Amy Wood keeps pushing on. Amy’s poetry is the unedited truth as seen by her eyes, and she does not sugar coat it, for the timid at heart. Her struggles with alcoholism are a reoccurring theme throughout her poems, and it tells the story of a woman who has been through Hell and back and lived to tell about it.
Amy Wood was featured in a compilation of poetry titled “How Dirty Girls Get Clean”, where several of her poems can be found, and she has served to inspire other would be poets to keep pursuing their dream. A second anthology of “Dirty Girls” is in the works and Amy hopes to be featured in that one as well.
I am thrilled to have the chance to dig deeper into Amy Wood’s poetry, and I know the world will be too. If you would like to discover the unedited truth as written by Amy Wood, please visit the links below: