I'm not one of those people who writes by necessity- I do it because I enjoy it and I like to work on my creative skills. So naturally my work is a little less like a journal and more just exploring things that interest me. I don't like to be constricted by rhyme (all the time) because I think poems are beautiful first and foremost for the thoughts they express, though composition and style are very important as well.
I like poetry. I mean, who doesn't? My favorite poet is Norman MacCaig. His simple rhythms and peaceful thoughts really inspire me; I think he's reflected in my style as well. I also like E.E. Cummings and Mary Oliver, though my very favorite poem is "When You are Old" by William Butler Yeats (I have it memorized, along with a few other favorites, and I recite it to myself when I need a little encouragement or are waiting somewhere). I also really like Biblical poetry- Psalm 16 is the bomb.com.
I love to read, but "I could no sooner choose a favorite book than a favorite star from the heavens." My favorite authors are P.G. Wodehouse, Jane Austen, and Robin Jones Gunn. I also highly recommend thinkers like John Ortberg, Federick Buechner, and C.S. Lewis.
Though I stick mostly to poetry, my favorite medium is the essay, in its traditional sense. Michel de Montaigne of France was the first real essayists. The word actually translates to "attempt", rather than the stiff topical notion of essay we have today in schools. An essay is really just a train of thought, and I've always connected with this medium because I have a lot of those. Thoughts, I mean. It's a great way to sit down and really get to know yourself, or understand things about the world. Just sit and start typing. I don't share many essays because I wont kid myself that everyone is dying to hear about my revelation in the grocery store today or how I feel about my favorite teacup, but I thought it worth mentioning because its a healthy way of expression for everyone. My favorite essayist is E. B. White- I love his subtle humor, his deep feeling for the little things in life, and the way he writes about peaceful things and such a quaint past.
I play the ukelele and enjoy philosophizing over the finer things in life with my pet goldfish, Delilah. My favorite colors is butter yellow. Or mint green. I think that's all (or more than!) you need to know.
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