Had another batch of poem returned today, so I am feeling a bit bruised! I now only have my novella out there (D Day is late December). I am going to take some time now to think about my poetry, whether to continue sending it out. I am, I suppose, despondent and confused. I read poetry by others and sometimes I wonder why this and not mine? My taste is different, I guess. Again I wonder about Creative Writing Degrees. Everyone seems to have one, or a PhD. Is this what makes them a better writer than me? Does the fact that I don't understand a lot of what is written due to the fact that I just don't understand how poetry works? Magazines all say have a unique voice, do this, do that, but at the end of the day it's down to preference. I wouldn't give house room to some of the poetry I read, yet others get all fired up by it. Then I see great poetry which never gets it's due.
I am always raw after a rejection and I've had lots this year, yet I think my writing is stronger now than ever. Obviously my work still doesn't cut it and maybe never will, so should I just not bother? Certainly I haven't had the desire to write poetry in a long time. Partly that's because of my obsession to write fiction, though there are so many great books out there perhaps I am wasting my time there too. I can only ever do what interest me and right now fiction is my preferred writing.
I have lots of poetry books and pamphlets to read. I shall enjoy them, I'm sure. Whether I will write any of my own again....we shall see. (A self wallow is well needed!)