Being from small town Iowa, I often found poetry was not something taught in English class. I enjoyed writing it, as all self-loathing teenagers do. I wrote something down as soon as it came into my head and then I would drop it. I figured whatever I had written was out of my head and should be left in the past. I had poem writing down, abab rhyming format, occasionally a free-verse, it was the perfect way for me to get rid of all the feelings I had bottled up inside of me.
I figured all of these poems were in the past, until one day when talking about the work I was doing on the Coe Review, my sister pulled out a stack of poems. Apparently she had picked up a lot of my teenage angst poems and received the rest from friends and classmates. The poems I had long forgotten were now there for my viewing pleasure.
Some of them were just plain awful. I cannot even describe how many times I used horrible rhymes to convey my “feelings.” At the time, I truly believed that a few of them might have been good. However, reading poetry throughout this semester has made me realize there was only one worth noting. It did not rhyme, thank goodness, and it was not about feelings I thought I had for some stupid jock that really “liked” me.
We were a bunch of stupid kids,With stupid cars,Who could never repay,That old gravel road,That let us live.