Here’s the thing… I don’t like poetry. I know I’m “supposed” to. But I don’t. I try to think of myself as a writer (although what that means is beyond me). I work for an educational association devoted to literacy. People at work are ga-ga over poetry, literature, etc. My dad’s girlfriend is even a published poet.
But I have never been able to get into it. I can appreciate a beautifully written piece of prose that has “poetic” qualities. I love song lyrics. I like dirty limericks (ha ha), but the whole idea of poetry just makes me cringe a little. Maybe I haven’t read enough of it. Or maybe it’s too intimidating, with all the metaphors, interpretation, etc. I can understand complex issues in novels, though, so what is it about verse that makes me want to pull my hair out??