Poets love to write about love, and death but that’s for another time. Love can be metaphoric and extremely painful to reread. If you are like me, writing within a haze, you will read things you’ve written and be just as shocked as everyone else at what is on the page. So, to lessen the blow here’s some tips for you:
1. Write your poetry as if it will be found when you die
Don’t assume that everything you write can stay hidden forever. If you want to write about someone and never have them find out, write it then rip it up. Poetry is an expressive work of art. There is no such thing as an objective poem. Every time I try to write an objective poem I end up writing about my personal life anyways.
2. Only use up to three specific memories
When you write about someone you’ve loved or someone who’s hurt you, it’s important for them to not be able to identify that it’s them. You won’t be the only one remembering that relationship or those memories, so protect yourself from backlash and avoid being specific. Unfortunately, these are the details that pull in outside readers who don’t know your life.
3. Use immaculate imagery
If this person means or meant enough to you for you to write about them, use words that express how you feel. If what someone said made you feel like a punch in the gut on an already rainy day, say that. Make it beautiful even when it’s painful. Readers will relate to you if you can make them feel the way you feel or felt.
4. Make the poem interactive
Use words like “you” and “remember.” Make the reader think. Make the reader relate and understand that this struggle is personal. I honestly think the best poetry comes from the memories we all are trying to forget, or the ones we’re holding onto. Add question marks and ellipsis. Writing about love is meant to be emotional, in depth, make people think.