This is Your Warning:

Studying the literature that is forced upon us in high school/college is both wonderful and frustrating. Novels and poetry can be useful tools to help determine the insight of a reader, but this does not mean that every story in every book deserves your attention. Perhaps it was my own disappointment with literature that led me to writing verse.

I don't write novels. In my opinion, long writings should be an exact science. Telling a story in 200 pages is much easier than telling a story in 12 lines. See? Again, in my opinion, if a writer has 200 pages to tell a story--then that story should be not only perfect, but also dazzling. I've read a few novels, and I've never been dazzled. And I don't write novels; I write verse.

The "verse" I refer to is rhyming lines with structure and order. "Free verse" is something that allows anyone to call himself a poet. By common standards, everything from the Holy Bible to the instruction manual for your VCR is a free verse poem--and I don't agree with that. When I do write "free verse", I call it a "short story". Here in my world; if it doesn't rhyme, then it's not a poem.

Sometimes poets get really lucky and write "lyrics" that actually sing. Then the "poem" is just a twice-added chorus away from being a "song". Any poem that easily writes it's own song is a masterpiece. My goal with writing has always been to write as if I were talking. I try to avoid big words, and never assume to be smarter than the reader. A good poem should inspire readers to write. You shouldn't have to wonder how you feel after reading a poem; either you get it, or you don't. Thankfully, there are no "brain puzzles" here.

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