This week is going to be a little different than in the past. Part of establishing Story Time Friday was to get new work out from authors/poets and myself. It wasn’t to showcase old work that readers may have read already. It’s a way to expose the new, and to get everyone writing…which is what I need to do more regularly: write.
Instead of new work from me this week, I’m going to jump in the time machine and take you along with me. I’m posting three of my earliest poems. That’s right! OLD work. These are the first three poems written in the notebook I was using in the winter/spring of 2005, in 11th grade. They aren’t my first poems, but as close as possible as I can get to that fateful day in the fall of 2004 when I first wrote a poem. Those first few poems are long gone, but almost everything since is still available to read if I share it.
Please note that the only alteration I’ve done with these is to correct 2 words in the first two poems since I typed them without proofreading a few years ago. Other than that, despite REALLY wanting to rewrite them with the knowledge and style I have now, I’ve kept them in all their decade old glory of an angsty teen. I hope my newer work doesn’t sound as whinny, haha.
Those weren’t too painful to read, right? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this early work. I know many of you have enjoyed what I’ve written in more recent years. Now you’re seeing the original poet. At least a little bit of him.
I was thinking, depending on the reception of these poems, I may think about putting together a “selected poems of 200X-200X” collection and sell it for a reasonable price. I’d go through and put a more “me” touch on the poems; I’d capitalize I, add stanzas (my enemy back then), and fix punctuation (another enemy). So it’d be a lot of the old, but mixed with the “educated” poet you’ve all come to love.
How’s that sound? Let me know your thoughts. You are my target audience after all.
For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip on in 😛 ): firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.
Hope to hear from some writers soon!