There is an abundance of love poetry for the simple reason that its emotional upwelling is so strong. Love emotions feel wonderfully good and cannot be contained. All artists strive to capture the essence of love. In contrast is the turmoil of divorce and all the accompanying emotions of betrayal and loss. All poets are a tuning fork for the expression of these feelings. If one lives, one is emotional. Death is the one that is emotionless.
I always try to channel my emotions into images and words. Anger is a powerful emotive for writers that learn how to use its force to create cathartic experiences for others. Deftly controlled words are the carrier waves of emotion. Alliteration can have a lot to do with it, the hardness or softness of the sound that resonates in a person’s head or heart.
There are many things I love, things that make me sad and things that make me angry. As a poet it is not enough to simply say I am happy, sad or mad. It is the images and descriptive narrative that must engage the reader to create that emotion. He has his own tolerance and intolerance of the things he feels.
When doing a reading I have never had any problem making people laugh, cry or scream; in their own universe or mine. I have many friends and many enemies because first and foremost that is what I do as a writer– I incite and excite emotions. It is my hope and goal to make people feel one way or another. I have little affinity for intellectual exercises when it comes to poetry. If I can’t make my readers emote, I am lacking as a poet.
Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books®