I contemplated getting a tattoo of the phrase “It’s all good poetry”, not because I’m a huge fan of the technicalities or history of poetry, I’m not. I couldn’t name many famous poets, or properly dissect a poem, but I’ve written and read them for the majority of my life. I’m not fascinated by many things that those who study poetry must be fascinated by. I have only ever been interested in what a poem is saying and how it makes me feel. Getting back to the tattoo, I like to believe that people think in certain ways, for example a scientist can find the science of a situation, a businessperson the business, a philosopher the philosophy, and congruently the poet finds the poetry. And so my mantra “It’s all good poetry” refers to life in its entirety, good, bad or in between, it all makes for good poetry.
I carry some of my life in a journal you’d be hard-pressed to find me anywhere without. I can’t tell you when I started carrying it around, but it’s become a ubiquitous part of my daily life. It is filled with a number of short poems of mine and other authors, drawings of my favorite Naruto characters, my favorite quotes, the lyrics to songs that I’ve rewritten in a poetic format, letters to lovers and my therapist, small drawings accompanying the contents of the pages, a few photographs, the prayer card of a friend who passed away recently, and finally a page at the very end entitled “Things I’ve Done But Am Already Forgetting I’ve Done.” After reading some of the other posts about sources of poetic content, my journal was the first thing that came to mind. All of the things in my journal are things that have broken me open at some point, and additionally exemplify how the sources of poetry are so varied and seemingly infinite. Frankly, I look forward to two things this semester: Learning to write about more things and learning to love poetry more.