The Poetry Question

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Question of the Day – August 15th – Who Are You, And Why?

Sometimes you sit down at the bar, and the bartender walks over to you to take your oder, and you stop for a moment, because in that split second you second guess the drink that you always have. You would normally order a whiskey-ginger, but for some reason tonight just feels a little different, and you stutter before asking for a Bulleit straight up. Tonight you needed a bit more bite in your life, because things start to come into focus a hair more, and after so many years of the same ol’ flavor, it was time to up the game, and be a bit more sophisticated; it was time to grow the fuck up, put some hair on that chest, let the balls drop, and cut ties with the old version of yourself.

Over the last few weeks, life has thrown some interesting changes my direction: my fiancée and I decided to go our separate ways, I have been on the road for the last week doing a tour with my good friend, I’ve taken a new position at the school in which I work, and I’ve met some new lifelong friends. It seems like life finally kicked into high gear, and told me that I needed to grow up, and finally start listening to myself. I am a far superior person today than I was last year, and I truly have my ex to thank for that. She really helped me see the flaws in my plan – the fact that I was never willing to change my flavor, and that I was so willing to sit just there, and drink in the same things day after day. I learned to truly take care of myself, and to really know what I want before I figure out how to pursue it. I learned that reaching for dreams is a good thing to do, even if at the end of the day, you have to stop for a bit, build up the bank accounts, reset the business plan, and try it again when the time is right. While I credit my Creative Writing students for getting me to start this magazine initially, I credit her for showing me that things like this are actually possible.

My question of the day is not necessarily a simple one; in fact, I would be worried if it was a simple one to answer.

Who are you, and why?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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