I am not a poet but enjoy poetry and am curious. When you write poetry what are you thinking? Are you thinking “Readers might enjoy this” or is it like a “revelation”, as some call it, that just leads you to write a poem? Do you write for yourself more than for your audience and believe they’ll connect if it comes from the heart?
I know these are old posts. Are there any poets out there? I hoped if I answered a couple it might motivate others. Or not…
When I write poetry I am really only thinking of the poem; trying to put not just the idea, but the whole into clear, but rhythmic writing. It isn’t until I finish that I think of the reader and then hope someday I’ll be able to share them.
Some poems come from something I saw or heard, others could come from a line of someone’s poetry that triggered something in me. Sometimes lately I resort to using “Poem Starters” that I find on the internet just for practice.