Discovering the Relevance of Words
It’s early in the morning, I’m on the couch, the sun is shining, and with both the front and back door open, there is an incredible breeze. For a summer morning, it is perfection. It has been a while since I’ve felt this relaxed at home. I feel true. I’ve had the opportunity to read more as of late – poetry actually. I haven’t been this invested in the well-placed word in years. While I’ve always taught Creative Writing, I have not necessarily written, or read, creatively in some time. I have introduced several pieces to hundreds of students, but they have been the same pieces for a decade. I will finally have new words to bring into my classroom – new emotions, insights, investments, excitement. I’m finally excited.
Jessica Care Moore, Roger Bonair-Agard, Kevin Coval, Matt Gano, Cristopher Gibson, Saul Williams, Beau Sia, Sierra DeMulder, and several others have allowed me to better understand the honesty in words. They’ve brought everything I loved about 19th century British poetry – the wordplay, the transparency, the visceral truth – and brought it straight into the new world. They do it properly.
Hemingway, also did things properly. He was obvious with his symbolism, easy with his conversation, and while he was a genius with metaphors and similes, he made sure that he left everything on the table. After all, why write something in order to leave the reader confused, or to not ease ones soul, or bring forth emotions with which the everyman can understand. From this, I learned to be honest in my own writing – as matter-of-fact as possible.
I am no Hemingway, Moore, Coval, Williams, or DeMulder, but unless I learn from the masters, my aim will never be true.