Scribbles

Hello, I see you’ve found my secret hiding spot. Well, since you’re here, take a seat…

My rambling on this page most closely resembles a “wiki” on how one might, hypothetically, optimize their reading to decipher the language, syntax, and themes I use to get closer to my writings.

Let’s begin by breaking down a few key points that I’ve worked into most of my pieces: mood, experience, and tangibility.

Mood

Like anyone, my mood waivers. At one point, I used poetry explicitly to cope with this. Now, it’s just another element of my work as I’ve developed other mechanisms to adjust to my life’s grand rhythm. Yet mood often drives me to write.

So, although I do edit out explicit intention, it’s easiest to interpret what spurred the writing through the atmosphere and tone I use toward the poetry or individual subjects.

If you find yourself conflicted by my work, I think that makes you quite empathetic as I often feel that way too. A blunt example here.

Experience

Deeper than anything, I want readers to have a good experience, but I also want to experience my work myself. I often reread my own work several times over after publishing to glean further insight from those moments.

Interpreting said experience is individualized, but if you want to get closer to my perception; the themes and specific diction of my work most aptly paints a picture of the experience.

If you find yourself curious or perhaps puzzled, you may want to enjoy the absurdity or question further what details might have hidden themselves in some of the conflicts of the other variables.

Tangibility

Although cryptic in speech, I tend not to obfuscate the physical derivatives of my poetry. This divides to two folds: imagery and feeling (a.k.a. reaction).

The imagery explains itself quite well, and no doubt you appreciate this about my writing – otherwise, you might find it distasteful and heavy handed.

Your reaction to the poetry differs greatly from the experience in that what one perceives, they do not necessarily feel (or vise versa). Said another way, the mental engagement of the piece may interact with the resulting feelings, but your body and mind together create a feeling whereas your mind culminates an individual perception of the subjects and other variables.

If you find yourself imagining a scene and/or having emotional reactions to piece’s triggers, you’re not alone. The ebbs and flows of emotion are how I find inspiration for much of my work.

All’s Said

You can skip this, if you’d like, it’s a metaphor to help tie everything together: ice cream.

We all may have a mood for ice cream together, or only one at a time. Some people like a lot of ice cream, and some find it too rich to enjoy often. What ignites a desire for ice cream in one, may lead another to avoid it, and so on…

We all know what ice cream is. We know at face value what some flavors should taste like and what others may taste like. The presentation of the ice cream differs between them all, the method of eating, etc.; most importantly – when the buds hit the dessert – the resulting taste we can only know for ourselves and the affiliated reaction, just as personal.

All my best,
Josh