Thank you for linking me to this.
I have been writing poetry since I was much younger than I am now. I was going to say it was my first form of writing, but that’s not true, that would be plays, that I performed on my own (well, my stuffies helped), then journaling, then poetry. All of my poetry, to begin with, was about love and loss. And as you said, it stayed that way, and got darker and darker. My only published work (other than here and my blog) as of yet is my memoir, which I wrote in poetry and essay form, and it is DARK, as it’s fraught with tales of abuse.
I had to stop. It was hardening my heart more and more.
I have written some things for S&H that have been lighter and I feel better.
I think this is a wonderful article and i love what you’re doing. Keep it up. You’re very talented and I love reading what you have to say.