I recently received the following note from a poet I greatly admire:
I really want to submit a poem to you from my blog, but I am debating whether any of my work is worthy enough to be featured. Can you be brutally honest with me and let me know if my longer poems are up to standard?
To be honest, I was flabbergasted by this because the person who sent it to me is one of my all-time favorite poets to read on WordPress. I consider their work incredibly raw and brainy – and pure in a way that I only strive for. How could a poet as amazing as this individual think that their work might not be “worthy” of being published on my blog?
Shortly thereafter, I received this comment on my blog from yet another blogger:
I love to read and write poetry, but imposter syndrome keeps me from sharing it with anyone. I’m working on moving past that.
Now, this writer is one that I’ve had less exposure to than the first, but… “No!” I want to exclaim, “Be proud of your words – be confident in your voice!”
Of course, look who’s talking – Me, the guy who has yet to submit any of his poetry to any other poetry publication. And why? Because I’m insecure about it! What is collectively wrong with us? Why are there so many talented writers out there who don’t believe in themselves or don’t believe that their work is “good enough”?
Ok. I know that I keep on saying this, but I am now setting a hard deadline for myself – I will submit at least one poem to a publication by the end of this month (March ’22)! And – if you also are feeling doubtful of your poetry skills, please – bite the bullet! At the very least, publish your poems publicly on your blog… We’ve gotta start somewhere!
Let’s write poetry together!
When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.–Ben Harper (b. 1969)
Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!