Perhaps I should divide all my poetry--all my writing--into two new blogs (1) Personal and (2) Political. Poems like Kitchen Eden and At the Train Station are more personal; and titles like Origami Memories and Kindness are more political. To obscure the edges a little and accept that the line between the personal and the political isn't clear cut, I might call the personal blog "Life Goes On" and the political one "Urgency." Or maybe the opposite.
The question came up for me today when contemplating how to select poems for my first to-be-published collection. I was never one to separate the personal and the political, though some of my writing provides more story-like detail and some less. Readers seem evenly split on whether they enjoy the specifics or generalizations more. I like best how the personal writing can be read allegorically and politically, though at times readers miss the larger relevance. Recently, Friends Journal rejected three poems because my writing is "too personal."
I have been thinking of gathering my poems that reference childhood to create a collection I could call Child Play or Sun Fishing. But would that contain enough urgency? And is there any reason to publish anything anymore that is not urgent? I am, of course, asking again, why write, what is this Way that God has opened before me, here and now?
If anyone has the answer, please help me along the Way to enlightenment! It may be that the question needs a committee for clearness. It may be that I should just do it, something, anything--and then wait and see.