Back in high school I wanted to make sure I left a mark. I wanted to make sure that once I left there’d still be a lasting impression of me somewhere on that school. It was senior year in particular that I hit the overdrive button and took creative risks. A lesser known fact is that I actually attempted to assemble a collection of long-form poems with the intent of self-publishing at some point.
Inspiration for the project drew from a life-long love affair with storytelling as well as a poetry class I was taking around that time for English. I was enamored by the prospect of lengthy poems that didn’t necessarily have a rhyme scheme but told stories in a way that reminded me of a cross-bread between short story and song.
If you stop to think about it, song lyrics are lines of poetry. Sometimes those lines rhyme and sometimes they don’t, but that doesn’t matter as long as it flows. The extended length allows for points to be fleshed out while the restrictions of turning prose in poetry enables a bit more romanticism in the lines written. Continue reading