I don’t write your English teacher’s poetry. To be entirely honest, I’m actually a little terrified to hear feedback from any of my former English teachers. What I write is a more modern take on poetry. It’s a combination of free verse and rhyming that is really a reflection of the truths and emotions that were mine in the moment the poem came to life. What you see is what you get – poetry becomes a lot less fun to be when the process goes from therapeutic to stressing over syllable counts. Reading my work, you won’t have to spend hours decoding and I write on every day challenges that we face as humans. It’s good for the soul and it make you reflect on your own circumstances rather than sit their and wonder what exactly it is that you’ve just read.

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, be kinder… The list is endless. It’s not that these books don’t have a place – I’ve read a lot of Thich Nhat Hanh – it’s just that poetry can be really accessible when it comes to changing 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.

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