Welcome, Tabatha, and congratulations on the publication of your second edited volume of poems in IMPERFECT II. Here, Tabatha shares a glimpse into IMPERFECT II and how changing perspectives can inform our poetry writing.
Tabatha writes: Have you ever been sure that something was true and later found out that it wasn't? You think someone is mad at you, but really they were just having a bad day. You think someone’s life is perfect, but actually they are struggling. We can like someone and be certain that we'll never get over them, and then later look back and be surprised we liked them at all. Making thought-mistakes happens to everybody.
What can we do about thinking things that aren't true? Keep our thoughts in perspective.
Hmmm. One of the things that helps is…
What does poetry have to offer? Tasty bite-sized views of other people’s perspectives.
We made a second IMPERFECT book so we could dive into thought-mistakes and find ways to help ourselves out:
On the IMPERFECT II blog, IMPERFECT II poets shared some of their favorite ways to regain perspective, and those include:
Noticing some of your favorite ways can help you think of them when you need them.
Here’s a poem from IMPERFECT II where our narrator shifts their perspective on drawing:
Thanks for thinking about thinking with me!
Thank you, Tabatha, for sharing with us today! Now head on over to Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme where Matt is hosting Poetry Friday.