Given time to think, I tend to do two things, write and read. Having had the last 2 weeks off work I have written, read and thought about poetry and being a poet. So I looked it up, what is a poet anyway? The Oxford English Dictionary gives two clear definitions for the word Poet: –
- A poet who writes poems.
- A person possessing special powers of imagination or expression.
So, here is where I am at, the first definition is very obvious, and the second definition is very interesting. I’m of the opinion that everyone has the ability to be a poet, I do not like all poetry, and I personally think that I am very picky about the poetry that I do like, but I still believe that we all have the ability to be poets. The idea of having a ‘special’ power both bothers me and resonates with me.
To me, as an individual, every poet that touches me with their words has a special power, any poet that doesn’t is just someone who wrote something. With that in mind I want to invite everybody and anybody write poetry and share poetry, not because I think I will like your poetry, but because I think someone might. Your poetry may touch someone, or they might just enjoy it, so write it. What’s the worse that can happen.
I want to use this post to share a story of how I have seen my poems positively effect people, and to share with you some poets who I have grown to appreciate and love. The last two videos I have posted of my work have received a lot of positive feedback, and this is something that I appreciate massively. More than this I have had two very personal messages that have encouraged me and inspired me, to do what I love, for myself and for anyone else who may appreciate it. Having asked permission I want share the following messages that I have received about my poems.
In response to my poem ‘Dear Birmingham’ I received the following message on my Facebook page:
‘Hi Casey, I have listened to your poem about Birmingham (more than once!) and I just wanted to tell you what it meant to me. I come from Rubery and my husband used to work at the Rover factory. I was so happy to hear you talk about longbridg. I showed to my husband and he said it’s good that we still have proud young brummies! I love and will be looking out for what you’re gonna do next. Keep it up!”
In response to my poem ‘Oliver Twist’ I received this message:
‘Dear Casey, I love your poem ‘Oliver Twist’ I am Syrian and have family in Syria your poem is great and shows how people are struggling in other parts of the world. Thank you’.
I am sharing this feedback to show the impact that poetry can have on people. I want everyone, even if they are not a ‘poetry fan’, to have one poet they feel this way about. With this in mind the final thing I want to do is point you in the direction of two poets whose work I love!
Take some time out, sit down and look up Leon Priestnall and Amerah Saleh…
- Google their names.
- Immerse yourself in what they do.
- Message them and tell them what you love about their work.
- Thank me later.