Poetry, in breaking the rules of grammar and punctuation, in rendering the familiar strangely, uncomfortably, surprisingly and/or pleasantly unfamiliar, in juxtaposing concrete and abstract ideas in new ways, in abandoning rules of practical, logical sequences of events, images or phrases, extends the limits of expression through language.
I hope that my poetry, fiction and non-fiction pieces on this site help to put words to things so very human (that we share in our humanity) that are quite difficult to articulate in standard prose. Perhaps, with the creativity of language, I’ve gotten a little closer, in my own way, to the the truth of what goes on inside of me, but also to naming sentiments, states of mind, being, memory–experiences shared by many many others.
The poems I am most proud of are ones that I liken to gifts. Something inside me was so strong that while ruminating and seeking to untangle the unnameable, words began to come to my mind in phrases, then in phrases that rhymed, on and on until a full-fledged poem was born. A few of the poems born in this manner include: