What is your Poetic Purpose ?
In this landscape of expression we call Poetry, you are bound to encounter many souls, with many thoughts as to what they feel, think or say Poetry is or should be about. Funny isn’t it. When you think about all the different flavors, colors and music of each persons influences and experiences, i must ask my self “How can that be?” You will encounter many “Notables” who have perhaps established some level of notoriety in certain Poetry Circles who feel it is their duty to instruct all who would listen to their rant. We have a plethora of Columnist, Celebrity “wanna bes”, Teachers, Critics and others who willingly offer their judgment and personal limited perspectives on such. What is Poetry any way. That is a question for the ages. No one has of yet can , nor has provided a valid answer, for the nomenclature of Poetic Expression is very personal. Sure, Poetry like every other Art From and Science has a history. But i ask, are we as Poets doomed to be Carbon Copies of such archaic and dated forms of expression ? Poetry like every thing else in life has and is evolving. We are too! . . .
Opinions . . . . like Assholes, everyone has one. That is OK. But please be aware, that no one’s opinion makes you who you are . . . unless you allow it to be so! The same applies to our personal offerings and expressions through Poetry. I am not you and you are not me and furthermore we should not vie for such things. The noblest thing we can do is be authentically our self! My focus is simply to develop my Craft in expression that i may convey what i am attempting to say in a clear and concise manner. In the practice of such my voice is evolving and distinguishing it’s self as that of my own. And as long as i have been doing this, matters not, for each day, each expression, each word, each verse, each poem is an opportunity for me to define and further the limits i had previously and thereby enhance my Poetic Expressive self. I care not about the critics nor naysayers, instructors, teachers, preachers or whatever they wish to call themselves. I am discovering me. I pray that you too take up your anchor and enjoy your own journey to self and the language of such beauty Poetry can give to you when you give your self unto Poetry.
To Thine Own Self Be True ~ William Shakespeare
I ask you again . . . What is your Poetic Purpose ?
© 17 August 2011 : William S. Peters, Sr.