I have a complicated relationship with poetry.
- I don't think my poetry is very good. This is mostly a result of taking poetry classes full of very pompous people who had a very set idea of what poetry "is", all while they simply aped the most modern poetic conventions and trends without any understanding of why.
- Poetry often feels like cheating to me. With a story, I have to consider the emotional impact of the situations, interactions, and conversations of the characters, and it often takes several sessions of writing to complete even a short piece of fiction (and that's before editing and rewriting). Whereas I write poetry only as an emotional explosion, and I only rarely go back to edit it after the initial session of creation. While this makes the emotional content fairly authentic, it often feels like a stop-gap to avoid having a more nuanced piece of writing. It also only really applies to my own poetry and not the poetry of others.
- Most of the "poets" I've known are entirely too full of themselves. See above about the aping of conventions and trends without comprehension.
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