I write poetry as a means of dealing with depression. It’s therapeutic and cathartic and, in my case, inevitably dark. Writing transforms all those amorphous, painful, frustrating thoughts into something concrete and malleable, thus allowing me to reshape those thoughts and put order to them. It’s a way to assuage painful memories and perhaps come to see things from a different perspective. Oddly enough, I haven’t written much poetry regarding my deafness. I’m not sure why this is, but my reluctance to fully accept my deafness likely plays a part. However, not everything has to be about deafness, and not all of my poetry revolves around dark subjects. (We can all use an irreverent monkey poem now and then, eh?)
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