Over the last few years, I’ve had a very tense relationship to my poetry. Around the time I began Gently Read Literature, I decided that my time writing poetry was done. But then after closing GRL down after six years, I began to write. At first, it was merely lines muttered to myself in the car or phrases typed into my phone, because I thought they sounded interesting. Soon I found myself working the lines over, parsing them out into syllabics, twisting their wording so that I was entertained, and ruminating on how I could create a persona with them. I realized I was writing poetry again.
Last year, I made it a point to not only write regularly but to begin again submitting my poems to literary journals. I am slowly putting together a new, full length poetry collection, but in the meantime, I’d like to make this available.
The poems in the Casual Myth chapbook are older works written between 2006-2014. I wanted to put them out as a way to make them more real and to mark a clearer starting point for myself. These poems are about specific events during that period such as President George W. Bush’s Iraq war surge policy, the Deep Water Horizon disaster, and a volcano eruption in Iceland. But there are also poems about finding a calm beauty in domestic life (over this time I was married) and meditations on aesthetics.
My poems are esoteric usually lacking in imagery or metaphor. I’ve always considered poetry to be thought, and thought is elusive and fluid. It is also silent. If you do read these poems, then you should know that they aren’t meant to be spoken, said aloud.
I hope you enjoy the poems. Here are some from the collection.