Normally I don't write much poetry. Currently, though, I am taking a Literature course, "Creative Writing: Poetry," at Benedictine. I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting myself into when I enrolled, and I knew that I was taking on a rather formidable opponent: myself! I've always been told that I express myself well through writing, but throughout my life, I have always been ill at ease with groups and conversation in general.
One of the common characteristics of people with Asperger syndrome (which is in the same spectrum as autism) is great difficulty with talking to others. The anxiety or fear can be paralyzing at times. I still have a hard time with it, but going into the course, I had decided I was tired of sitting idly by while an irrational fear constantly took a stranglehold on me.
Below are most of the poems I have written, as well as a discussion of each. The poems are listed alphabetically. An asterisk denotes a poem that was not written for the Poetry class. Poems with no hyperlink are either not complete or not yet online.
- On writing "Cats in Windowsills Notwithstanding"
- On writing "For Sophia and Phil"
Gone to the
Grapple With the Apple *
- On writing "Hospital Stay"
- On writing "Jibber-Jabberwocky"
- On writing "Lingua Sui Vox"
Little Dog Lost
- On writing "Little Dog Lost"
- On writing "Parallelismus Ruach"
- On writing "Quantum Suicide"
- On writing "Shebarim / Evven"
Short Circuit *
(Photographs & Negatives)
- On writing Sonnet 1
- On writing Sonnet 2
- On writing "Spammus Inextinctus"
- On writing "The Upstairs Library"
Zenzizenzizenzic (formless version)
/ (file format)
- On writing "Zenzizenzizenzic"
Fare thee well, sonnet