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I grew up in a small bush town called Lake cargelligo, NSW, Australia. I was in grade two when the impulse to write really began. i had this fantatsic idea for a story which I read aloud to the class - the response was good, so I continued.
I kept writing, basically to entertain myself through my younger years. Poetry had not entered the scene yet (seemed to come along later with an interest in girls). Anyway, I began to dream about being a novelist - Stephen king became my idol in my mid teens. I tried writing like him but ...you know, there is only one SK. i was kind of turning into a real bitch about it too so i admitted defeat.
I gave up on writing much when I discovered alcohol(since sobered up) at 17. I haven't really felt like writing stories at all since then - except for a few short ones here and there. If not writing poetry then I'd like to write plays if anything.
Poetry has enabled me to express a wide and varied sense of emotion and feeling i would otherwise have trouble 'getting out'. It has been downright ugly at times, however it has all been described with a real honesty i can't really hide or censor. It is the deep desire to convey this absolute honesty which has resulted in some truly remarkable stuff being put on paper - lol, if i don't say so myself. (Gotta give yaself a rap sometimes!)
What is this stuff called poetry? This being of beings. Buggered if i know ...but just sometimes i feel like I can see exactly what i need to see simply by asking for the truth....and sometimes I am able to be humble enough to receive it.
A joyful poet is a fearless one. :-)
* 2013 update
I have recently enrolled in a certificate 4 professional writing and editing course in Melbourne. So far I am enjoying it immensely. it has rekindled my interest in the short story form. Anyways, iIt means i have less time for poetrysoup but I do still write one every now and then...