The Poetry Question

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QOTD- Is It About Writing?

I think I messed up my shoulder this weekend trying to move a fish tank across the street without taking all the water out of it. It was stressful. For me and the fish.

Do I talk too much about my minor injuries? I think I do. It makes me sound older than I am. But the injury isn’t really the point here. The point is the strange peppermint oil I was talked into applying to my shoulder and the scent of it that now fills my nostrils.

It comes in a little bottle that says ‘Deep Blue’ on it and is supposed to be good for inflammation. It tingles a little when first applied to the skin and seemed to make my shoulder feel better at first, though that may have been the Advil that I also took. I’m all for alternative treatment, but I’m more interested in results.

I’m not a big fan of mint. I realize I’m in the minority here, and I have learned to be comfortable with that. I find the combination of mint and chocolate especially confusing. You might as well eat a Hershey Bar while you brush your teeth. Could it be my bias against mint as a whole that has me feeling hostile toward the snake oil that I was convinced to apply to my person? Very possibly. At this point it has permeated even the air around me.

But my shoulder does feel better.

I’m babbling. I have no idea what this has to do with writing. I’ll be honest with you, sometimes I just start typing and hope for the best. I think it’s because, in my head, there is no subject that can’t be related back to language, and that’s what this blog is about. It’s all fair game. Unless it isn’t. I’ve never known the rules.

I guess my question is whether or not there is a line. Are there some subjects that are appropriate for a site about poetry and some that aren’t? I know my view of poetry as an all encompassing term for well-honed language is not shared by everyone. Structure is important too.

Where do you stand? Does this even makes sense?




About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

3 comments on “QOTD- Is It About Writing?

  1. Troy
    September 23, 2013

    This makes sense but I don’t understand much on what it’s asking on where I stand..

  2. kiwiskan
    September 23, 2013

    no, definitely open slather…

  3. Nicklas Martinson
    September 23, 2013

    I think people have the right to express themselves but at the right times and a poetry page might not be the best place for everything

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