Today, someone from the poetry group I’m in told me that when I perform my poems, I always sound slightly angry. I tend to be harder than usual on myself when it comes to personal poetry, especially emotional pieces, so the easiest emotion to express on paper and in public is a noncommittal anger, an announcement of old irritations in life.
I want more than that.
I want to both set free the part of myself that I don’t allow myself to express, the part with all these “cliché” feelings that my friend Noa Celeste has tried to tell me are not a bad thing, and to challenge myself in my writing to become more well-rounded and experienced with covering these things.
So, if anyone has suggestions and challenges about emotions and experiences I should try writing about, hearing them would be an awesome help to me! It can be anything from a specific image or setting association (such as the last time I ate at a restaurant) to a broad emotion (such as happiness). I’d love to hear y’all’s suggestions!