introduction

I have probably revised this introduction about six or seven times since I joined WordPress five years ago. Back then, poetry was a consolation prize as I toyed with the idea of being a writer between sleepily feeding my infant daughter bottles of formula.

I have always written poetry. Initially, it was because I wanted to write and play music, but I never had the ear or timing for instruments (not for lack of trying).

At first, its only purpose was purging myself of childhood trauma and a man whose only paternal display was a fulfilment of legal requirements. Then it became a channel for failed relationships, platonic or otherwise. As I grew older, it became my form of political dissent, outlet for economic woe, and eventually, a narrative of the times in which we find ourselves.

In a sense, it is both my life story and my last will and testament, the only part of me that will survive time and the elements. It is the part that will speak to my child after shuffling off this mortal coil.

In terms of poets, I’m still among its students, for I’ve been humbled by some wonderful writers. But neither am I conventional, far as dead poets go. And I never want to be. I want to be the black sheep I’ve always been, a thorn in the side eschewing comfort for the beauty in dangerous things.

It’s a dangerous world, after all.

42 thoughts on “introduction

  1. It’s nice to see you back on the blogosphere. “Nobody wants to work with the same paintbrush forever” – That’s a really wonderful way to describe your fresh start. I wish you all the best with this new venture 🙂

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  2. First I would like to thank you for not only reading something I wrote, but liking also. I am new to the writing scene and even newer to the blogging world. I was checking out a lot of your work through out my day and I must say that I am enjoying it all so far. I will look forward towards your future works. Any advice at all would appreciate. Thank you again

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  3. Hello, my name is Gregory Thomas, I’m a writer and poet, and post my work on my blog at “Cascadialegends.wordpress.com” I just wanted to thank you for liking one of my stories on my blog. thank you very much! I don’t possess the know how, or money to make a book out of my work, if perhaps you know anybody that could help me, please do let me know, also thanks again. It’s my passion to make people smile through my writing, I wish you the best of luck as well

    -sincerely,

    Gregory Thomas

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  4. Heh.. “you will never be satisfied with your first incarnation forever” no small insight that!

    We change. Blogging changes. Our blogs… sometimes we can morph them. Other times, it’s just best to acknowledge it’s time to begin again.

    I began blogging back in 1995 with a travelogue. (Of course, that was before “blog” was a word … we called ‘Online Journal” back then, and folks thought those of us publishing them were nuts for sharing our journals with the World Wide Web.)

    Over the past 20 years I’ve begun and, overtime, set aside numerous blogs, so I well understand your blogging journey, which you describe here so well.

    And, like you, I feel — perhaps — with the latest incarnation I may have hit my stride. Maybe I’ve got it more or less sussed out. We shall see… for both of us.

    Good luck and fortune with yours, Nicholas!

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  5. Hello Nicholas! I just wanted to show my gratitude to you for following my blog. It is greatly appreciated. I have gone through your blog posts and have to say, you write absolutely beautiful poetry. Looking forward to reading more of your work.
    ~Michelle

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  6. Keep writing, it’s the only way I get to keep reading.
    Reading your works here was like the first time I picked up a Stephen King as a child or Leonard Cohen as an adult.
    You can’t bottle that. There’s one copy. You’re copy.
    Looking forward to reading more.

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