I don’t write your English teacher’s poetry and to be entirely honest, I’m actually a little terrified to hear what any of my former English teachers might have to say. My poetry is a more modern take – I’ve never been a big fan creativity bound by rules. This 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 not only authentic, but also didn’t remind people of English class and stressing over decoding text. It doesn’t matter what I meant, only what you get out of 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. Let’s face it, we tend to be a little more open to our own thoughts than we are when it comes to being told what to do. We also seem to be more likely to follow through, in comparison to trying to remember the 10 steps you need to do to clutter your mind, be more assertive, build self esteem – the list is endless. It’s not that these books don’t have a place – I’ve read a lot of Thich Nhat Hanh and Faith G. Harper is really great – 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.

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

J.L. Fizzell