The advice I find myself giving goes back to those ideas about critical thinking. I’d say, don’t think about what you want from a poem; instead, think about what the poem is trying to do.
December 3, 2014 marked the end of this fall’s Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series with San Diego State University (SDSU) alumnus David Tomas Martinez whose first full-length poetry collection Hustle was published this year by Sarabande Books.
“Trust that you do, indeed, have a story worth telling, but know that stories don’t tell themselves—it’s the telling that compels readers.”
College is supposed to broaden one’s horizons, not limit them; it is supposed to challenge people. The question on my mind, as the notion of trigger warnings begins to encompass the widely accepted literary canon, is where does it stop?
Literature provides us with a way to explore ideas and try out points of view that we might not want to enact in real life. We can explore crises of identity that allow us to understand ourselves better.
Resolving to keep her eventual blindness a secret from everyone but her family, Nicole endeavors to employ the age-old adage of carpe diem. However, after a near-death experience, attempting to step out a window onto a fire escape that isn’t actually there, she realized she was no longer in charge of her life, the disease was.
And it’s true
I spent my whole life in fear of sharing my mind
but with a longing for it to be taken.