When and why did you begin to write poetry?
I don't even know how to begin this question, my first poem I wrote that had an impact on my interest in poetry was in the 11th grade. I had an amazing english teacher that told me that I was a very talented poet, only that poem was the only one I'd ever written.
That happened in the begining of a rough school year and that teacher just happened to understand what I was going through. A week before school started my mom served my dad with divorce papers and it got ugly, I was dropped off at a friends house and stayed there the first two weeks of school. I remember the teacher always greeted us with a smile and those first few weeks I was pretty messed up, I guess she realised something was wrong and confronted me about it, thats when I broke down and told her, and she understood what I was going through and told me that she was there if I needed to talk.
Towards the end of the year we lost her, and when the Principal told us, I instantly began writing a poem, which fruited my first published poem "My Teacher, MY guide". But when I think about all my successes and failtures about my poetry I don't know how I feel about it. I want to be happy about it but when I am I feel wrong about it, it feels selfish and just wrong.