I used to read poetry here because the poetry was good.
The words connected together to form some richly defined emotion or some experienced lived and passed,
Now this place feels dull and full of surface skimmers that know not the beauty and puzzlement of language tied to emotion. poetry is not merely an expression of emotion but an allusive beast.
Poetry can bring the grass and sky together with sensations of touch and vibrations of color.
Poetry should be a cleansing drink, pure or distilled, that leaves one refreshed and intoxicated with the mystery of life.
I don't read poetry here anymore, not much at least, because all I see are fountain drinks, fizzy, sugary, tooth decaying drinks. advertised with some cliche hookline of emotionless melancholy written by some social media addicts desperate for attemtion. Here's a hint: poetry does not grab attention. It is not placed on billboards in bold font and bright colors. It is not found in the crystal clear illuminated aisles of your nearest convenience store, ready for consumption. Poetry is that dive bar with an old man slouched before while the barkeeps radio quietly hums talk of politics and opinions. Poetry is that speakeasy behind a chain of doors you can't recall entering and couldn't map the route if you tried.
Save your teenage titles for that Taylor Swift pop song. Save your words for when you have something to say.
Until then, drink water or spirits.