In the last post for the previous quarter, I wrote this:
I shall return here to make an announcement – a very big one, actually! – before the next quarter… let’s just hope everything goes to plan.
And so, with this post, this is me making good on my promise.
This blog, for the most part has been a medium to document the pursuit of the dreams I’ve had and still have. It is in essence, as the…
First things first : I’m grateful that you’re reading this. I really am. Grateful that I can share this with you.
The news: For the past few months, I’ve been working on a collection of poems that will be published and available to the public in September of this year.
It’s been a mixture of emotions, from being overwhelmed to frightened to madly excited to what am I doing? Thankfully, I’ve had help through this process.
Soon, I’ll be doing a title, and subsequently after that, a cover reveal in addition to other updates. Those who have opted to receive updates from me get to know about these things first, and if you want to be one of those people, you can fill out the information below to receive updates about events, new projects, etc. I promise it’s going to be from me…well, at least until I get a personal assistant. I kid.
Now that you know what I’m doing next with my poetry, I encourage you to share with another person you think might want/need to know.
I can’t wait for the book to ready, and for it to reach your hands and/or mobile devices.
Anonymous said: Oh jeez first off I'm a huge fan your work is incredible. Secondly I'd like to know something. From your personal experience, do you think becoming a good poet is just an innate talent you're born with, or a skill that you hone over time? I used to think I was a decent poet but lately my work is shit. Am I just out of practice? Any advice?
thank you so much love :) i think people have natural talent but it takes honing that talent to make the poet good. like you have to edit, you have to write and write and write. i don’t write everyday but you have to have some sort of dedication to the art of writing, not just dropping poems here and there. not everything you write will be a poem. most of what i write isn’t good poetry, it’s just thoughts. i have notebooks full of things that won’t reach the light of day but i don’t think that takes from a person’s talent. i think you may just be out of practice. write not thinking about the end product or having a “good poem” but to get ideas down. you can always go back and make poems from that writing.
Anonymous said: How do you feel about experimentation vs staying true to your voice as an artist?
I mean, people evolve. Our personalities, our tastes, and our interests shift constantly as we’re introduced to new ideas, experiences, and perspectives. I don’t see why our art — whatever that may be — shouldn’t do the same with us.
"Staying true to your voice as an artist" just sounds like stagnation under the guise of tradition — it’s the artsy equivalent of those curmudgeon-y, old, racist, guys who bullshitedly romanticize the 1950s and yell at youths for their internet telephones, hippity-hop, black presidents, and clothing which doesn’t cover knees. If you get too comfortable with the way things have always been done — with you or your art — you’ll miss (what in my opinion is) one of the absolute best parts of being human: growth.
Now, that may seem like heavy talk, but I’m not sure that we can detach those big human concepts from art — they’ve always kinda gone together. It’s not like art history is just a chronological series of totally arbitrary fashion trends and stylistic fads — art has, and likely always will, change in tandem with, and in reaction to, the way people view the world.