In “A Poet’s Advice,” E.E. Cummings wrote:
“A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feeling through words.
This may sound easy. It isn’t.
A lot of people think or believe or know they feel – but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling – not knowing or believing or thinking.
Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.
To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting…
And so my advice to all young people who wish to become poets is: do something easy, like learning how to blow up the world – unless you’re not only willing, but glad, to feel and work and fight till you die.”
Feeling can’t be taught or learned. Feeling is part of what makes every individual just that. Actions, thoughts and beliefs can be dissected as desired, but feelings, while they can sometimes be controlled, can seldom be changed.
Poetry gives us as human beings a glimpse at the tides and ebbs and floods and fires inside another animal so alike to us yet so unique, possibly making us a bit more aware of those movements within ourselves.
Show us who you are as nobody-but-yourself and send us your submission at firstname.lastname@example.org.