Whilst studying Creative Writing, I felt I was writing for everyone else, and not for myself, I hadn’t found a niche and every writer needs to have a niche, don’t they?
Poetry, was never the plan, it was so far removed from the Writer I thought I was, so why try? Many reasons! Granting the time. It was during the time of suspended solitude that the writer, observed, journalled and channelled ideologies into tales. Maybe it was parenting and reading children’s books that inspired me. Maybe it was because I thought I had a point to prove, or maybe I am just a ‘Deep Creative Thinker’ and had a few niggles that needed ironing out, rather than looking for niches, time alone, encouraged the creation of this Collection of Poetry. During the time in pulling together this collection I have become more self-aware, reflective and believe we need to follow our own true core beliefs, then, quite amazing things can begin to happen. For a while I didn’t even feel like I lived upon the earth anymore, I was so swept away by the amount of help, support, encouragement and respect I had received over the years, which was mutual with the many that I shared my time. I wanted to find the right words, that helped me find my true self. A lecturer once told me, “You can’t be a poet unless you write every day.” Today, I write to share that he was wrong. The same lecturer told me that the literary canon was made of males for a reason. Points are valid, but over time, canons can change. I would never write to be part of a Literary Canon, I write for sheer pleasure and enjoyment. Taking stock, I had been living neither the American, nor the British Dream. I had been drifting along as a passenger on one ship to the next, without any particular cares in the world, I cared about everything. How could I care for everything? Why would I need to care? Surely mother nature and the planet were quite capable of looking after itself? I genuinely grew up believing that! I was sure my life here on this planet and experiences had intuitively taught me how to look after myself. It may sound wacky or maybe bias and lacking in Social Awareness that the world thrives as a unit of mutual strengths and only chooses to focus on one gender point of view at a time, academia places a great strain upon itself. I have a belief. I have to be clear of what a woman is. There are many exemplary female writers and male writers of course, and because I prefer to offer a balanced point of view, I will have to relate to both. I have no bias. Or maybe I haven’t yet recognised my bias as yet, and that is where you come in. If you see my bias, please point it out to me. I declare myself a Modern Female Writer and Poet, who has practiced poetry, and written every day for three whole years, it has been a triumph. If you don’t mind a little poetry by a nobody, once a girl from Hull. Thank you for reading. The Author’s royalties from this eBook 100 Poems in Solitude will be donated to St. Mary’s Church.