April 29, 2016
In the MFA program at University of N.C. Wilmington, I was told to make my poetry accessible and understandable. It has occurred to me that this is strange advice actually. Are the Imagists accessible and understandable? Personally, I feel that if it is easily accessible then why not just write prose?
I read back through many of my poems and find them very raw, very organic; many come straight to the page from my sub-conscious. They are written in order to make sense of an insensible world. Every word set down is stripped down to its essence, describing an emotion I had no words for. I pour the images that I receive from my subconscious to the page.
Instead of trying to explain to you or even to describe to myself the feeling(s), these poems say it all. If they confuse you, make you uncomfortable, make you feel something – that is what I was feeling at the time I wrote it.
Try to not understand the words. Let the image I paint form in your head and feel what I feel. For instance, in The Grounding Fence (which the younger generation in the MFA program tore apart), you can actually feel what I feel during a panic attack.
It is useless to attempt to make sense of the words I write; that was not my intention in writing them.
I hope you enjoy these poems; I hope you come to understand how important poetry has been to me in healing.
My collection of poems, Recuerdeme, is available in print and digital format.
The Grounding Fence
by Karen Y. Hamilton
Her mind rests upon the fringes of normality,
waiting and watchful.
The fence it rests on contains the white
and black of the universe.
Now and then it teeters totters tips
one way or another
slipping through spaces
of surreal dreams.
She is there here everywhere no where.
The fence grounds her
and she holds on while
the storm gathers.
She is resting on the fringe,
dangling leather straps,
worn and tattered.