Today’s Poetry Month post is from Ben Ditmars, aka Ben Ditty, aka Gnomy of the Ditmars…ok, maybe I made that last one up. Either way, I’m glad to have him back on the blog. This poet has been a big help on A Life Among the Pages for years. You can find his work in the Story Time Friday and Prose Verse Babel archives, along with past poetry events. He’s even one of the poets who I worked with on the Four Paws anthology (haven’t heard of it? Click that title back there and check it out!)
To add to his generous contributions to the blog and the poetry community, here is a little bit on why Ben loves poetry. There are also two short poems to follow that up.
Why I Love Poetry
by Ben Ditmars
Why do I love poetry? I guess it’s an easy way to figure out how you feel. Being a guy, I don’t always know or understand these confusing things called emotions. Writing is good exercise for the fingers too and let’s face it crying hurts. So, if I can write and avoid that stingy eye pain, it’s more than worthwhile. I can’t say the same when I’m reading poetry. In fact, when I’m reading the stingy eye pain isn’t so bad. It’s kind of an eye sweat: getting’ the rods and cones back into shape. Feeling for other people’s pain is sometimes easier than realizing your own. Or at least there’s distance. Distance and deflection are two things artists get good at. Imagine processing emotions in a normal way… It might get boring. Or I might start crying and not know how to stop. That would be the worst. So, basically I love poetry, and emotions are complex, but less complex when you can read with words.
About the Author:
Ben is a bestselling author of gnomes, plays, poetry and more. He was first published in his college publications the Cornfield Review and KAPOW. Since then he has been featured in several online literary journals including: Flurries of Words, Samizdat Literary Journal, and Shine Journal. You can find his collections of poetry, plays, novel, and short stories for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
Ben lives in Marion, Ohio and is currently working toward his Master’s Degree in education at the University of Findlay while substitute teaching. He hopes to instruct high school social studies full-time within the next year.
He loves historical documentaries and all things gnome.
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