Healing Powers of Poetry

When I was younger, teachers and parents used to emphasize the power of words. “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” was a common saying. “Words can hurt” was another simpler version. As kids, we were taught that words were powerful, yes, but in a negative way. The potentialContinue reading “Healing Powers of Poetry”

Poetry’s Unexpected Savior: Social Media

Books and social media – the two seem antithetical, an unlikely pairing. Whereas I spent my entire childhood devouring books like candy, kids nowadays grow up on iPads and phone apps. It seems like a myth to say that social media contributed to the revival of poetry’s popularity and readership, but it is the truth.Continue reading “Poetry’s Unexpected Savior: Social Media”

My Self-Publishing Journey as a Poet

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, I didn’t even know that self-publishing existed. I lived in a world where authors had agents, where traditional publishing was borderline impossible unless you were famous or you had a brilliant, new idea, and where rejection after rejection after rejection was the norm. I don’tContinue reading “My Self-Publishing Journey as a Poet”

The Story of Poetic Potential

The one piece of writing advice that I have heard repeated over and over again is simple. “Write what you know.” It was usually a dismissive thought because, of course, it’s easy to write about topics you are familiar with. But I never realized how important that simple writing could be until Poetic Potential cameContinue reading “The Story of Poetic Potential”

Importance of Poetry

Being a poet isn’t seen as a glamorous title – more of a struggle-to-pay-the-bills, get-a-real-job kind of title. In the face of global crises, however, it is very obvious that poetry has been resurfacing as an important part of people’s lives. For myself, I’ve realized that poetry has four main functions that I know areContinue reading “Importance of Poetry”

How I Stopped Being Afraid

Writing has consumed my life for its entirety. I can’t even begin to tell you how many different notebooks I have gone through – a new one for each story idea, of course. I fell in love with world-building and meeting characters that appeared to me out of thin air. At some point, poetry enteredContinue reading “How I Stopped Being Afraid”