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Free Advice: Write Poetry!
Reasons You Should Write Poetry
- Writing allows you to express your emotions when others won't listen.
- Poetry gives you a way to express your emotions in things other than abstract ideas. You can use concrete words with similes and metaphors.
- No one has to care, only you. No one needs to read your poetry. No one needs to see your secrets. It's like keeping a diary. Do it for yourself.
Why I Write Poetry
Even though through much of my life I have had good friends, I didn't feel the need to spill my inner most details with them. I felt throwing many of my personal problems at them would possibly harm our friendship or possibly even make them feel less about me.
Since the society around me spread the lie of "diaries and journals are for women", I believed it. I didn't want to have others find the diary and spread the juicy details of my life to others. I have siblings, and sometimes siblings do what siblings do.
Instead, I turned to poetry.
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About Writing Poetry
No, I haven't won major awards in poetry. Actually, I don't even bother to try. The poetry I write is for myself. It is to vent my frustrations with life or to spread the love I feel moment-to-moment. It's a way for me to express myself without worry about others weird or chaotic response. Sometimes, it is even to--shock--have fun.
This works for me, so it should work for you as well. It doesn't hurt to try, right? So do it!
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Gary R. Hess is me
Most of these poems are on the old side. I wrote most of them while still in high school (almost a decade ago). They probably aren't nearly as good as my recent poems--which I haven't shared online.
If you wish to read them, here are a few:
You can find the rest here: PoemOfQuotes. There are a few within the articles section and the place called "Holiday poems", if you can find it.
Actually, there are a few "newer" poems on the site. They just tend to be more on the humorous or crazy side.
However, I've started to write again lately, but not much has been published online. I now prefer publishing them as books on Amazon. It gives me a much better feel for what people like and dislike.
What Poetry Supplies Do You Need?
Sometimes I don't feel like writing in a notebook or on my computer, so instead I use a fancy little notepad. If you are looking to keep your poems secret from everyone, you might want to try something like this.
However, some poets like to use voice recorders. Most cell phones now have pretty decent recorders on them but most people never use them. Try it out! Whenever you have a good line, shout it out to your phone.