I don’t write your English teacher’s poetry. To be entirely honest, I’m actually a little terrified to hear what any of my former English teachers might have to say. I still have flashback to one of them telling me that “maybe the university path wasn’t for me”. Well here I am degree and three books later, but I digress.

My poetry isn’t the “what does this even mean” kind of poetry you might think of, any more than most of it is structured – I’ve never been a big fan creativity bound by rules. My work is a lot of free verse, and while I do play with literary devices, I do it on my terms. I really wanted to write something that was accessible to your “every day Joe” while still staying true to myself. The most important part of this ramble? It doesn’t matter what I meant, only what you feel or think when YOU read it.

I’ve come to see poetry as a fun and less intrusive alternative to the giant world of self help books that exist out there. You get to be creative, have fun and have a really good conversation with yourself when you write it. When you read it, you get to feel like there is someone else other than you on the plant that feels a certain way, and that can be pretty powerful stuff. Oh, and if your inner child ever wanted to be a spy and was in love with codes, it can tap into that too. For me it’s a little more fun, and a little less trying to remember “10 steps to achieve [insert goal here]”. It’s not that these books don’t have a place – I’ve read a lot of Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle and Faith G. Harper PhD – it’s just that poetry can be really accessible when it comes to working with your thoughts. All those inspirational quotes you read to inspire you? That’s the essence of poetry. It’s self help via inspiration rather than advice. That’s what I’m trying to do – inspire people to be their best selves and help them understand that they are not alone in this journey.

I hope that your eyes find their way to the pages that I’ve written. I’m both hopeful and confident that you will find something that will speak to your soul and give you a little nudge in the right direction. Also, be sure to poke around my website. I’ve included some interesting projects, help getting you started with your own writing, and some neat downloads created by yours truly.

All the best of your journeys. I’m so glad our paths have crossed, however brief the moment.

J.L. Fizzell