Not a “poet”

22 10 2013

I used to think I was a pretty good poet but because of the lack of acceptances from publications and reading other poetry written by other writers, both in my poetry classes and other professional writers, I wonder if I really am a “good” poet or not. A lot of the time, I feel as if my poetry is straightforward in its narrative and what it is I want to say, whereas other “good” poetry will be more abstract, stranger, and less easily decipherable. My poetry is more in line to that of William Blake than anything. I guess I feel like my poetry, in comparison to modern poetry, is anachronistic and too obvious, that it’s not “poetry” enough. It’s something that i’ve been trying to reconcile and deal with because I can’t write like that so I don’t, but at the same time, other people don’t seem to enjoy it.

I don’t really know what to do. I can only write how I write and how I feel. I guess it’s that validation of getting published that I want — but that I’m not getting — that is bumming me out.

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