Okay, so before I signed up for Poetry, I knew a lot of poets had certain ‘obsessions’ that they tended to write about or get ‘fixated’ on. Perhaps because of my incredibly short attention span I didn’t, in a million years, think I would be one of those poets. After all, how can you fixate on something if you can’t even sit through a 20-minute episode of Parks and Rec without getting distracted by something?
Then came the jellyfish. I swear, I don’t have some sort of weird history with jellyfish. As far as I can remember, I’ve never even been stung by one. But they’re so interesting! One day, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and one of those, probably-spam, annoying buzfeed-but-not-buzfeed articles popped up–titled something along the lines of, “21 Weird Facts That Will Shock and Amaze You.” I, having a short attention span, got distracted by the jellyfish photo attached to the article and clicked on the probably-spam/site covered in random ads link.
And there, on my computer scrren, was the fact about the turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish being immortal.
I mean, seriously, what other creature out there has the ability to revert itself to sexual immaturity after growing old? And are completely see-through? And are just kind of floating, gelatinous balls of water and skin and tentacles?
Since then, I’ve had an odd fixation on jellyfish. They’ve shown up in several of the poems I’ve written for class, and I’m currently working on a nonfiction piece about the freakin’ things. (Also, we’re reading Lia Purpura’s On Looking collection for Lyric Essay, and she tends to fixate on jelllyfish imagery throughout the collection–coincidence much?)
Okay, so maybe I’m a little weird. But what about you guys? Do you have certain things that you fixate on in your poetry? And how did you first stumble across that fixation?