Why I Can't Read Poetry.Thursday, January 26, 2017
Ysra Daley-Ward says:
If you're too afraid to write it,
that's a good sign.
I suppose you know you're writing the
truth when you're terrified.
For me, it's the opposite. I'm too afraid to hear it.
For years now I have shied away from poetry. Whether it's reading it, or hearing it, it makes me nervous. I have purchased books by Maya Angelou, Nayyirah Waheed, Andrea Gibson ... they're all under my bed.
Poetry hurts me because I feel like the words read me more than I read them. It's like they hear the things I've been trying to hide.
When I read poetry, I want to cover my eyes. When I hear it, I want to cover my heart. I really want to know how it is possible for mere words to rip my exterior to shreds, and really reveal the person I am hiding underneath.
I haven't read poetry for a while, but I want to start again. I want to get to know myself again, and the words will show me the way.