The Love + Fear Collection

I’ve been trying to figure out ways to reuse my content. I have a lot of it! Of all the marketing webinars I’ve taken over the years, they always recommend that you find a new way to say what you’ve said before. So I’m gonna hit you with something new. By using old stuff!

First thing I did was look at the sheer number of posts. I have an insane amount of poetry. Over 100 pieces. I then broke it down and saw an overarching theme. I speak a lot about love, youth, and identity. They’re constantly showing up in some way. I’m informed completely by them, thematically speaking.

Poetry is a beautiful, universal art form. I favor it because it shares so many attributes with short fiction, my true love.

You can tell an entire story in a poem.

I like being able to call back to a previous poem or dedicate a poem to anybody or take a poet’s work and completely remix it and it’s allowed. I feel we don’t have that freedom with traditional fiction. It’s pooh-poohed if someone gets wind of you lifting words from an author. If you do it right with a poem, then it adds a different dimension to your overall work.

The title was inspired by Marina’s latest album. Her albums reflect big swaths of my own life. I’m only a couple of years older than her. What she’s gone through creatively speaks to me deeply.

So, for the next few weeks, I’m going to share some “behind the scenes” information about some of my favorite poems about that week’s theme.

The Love + Fear Collection

  • Fields of Elisium: I like the longing in this one.
  • Dwelling on Eternity: so this is a different kind of love, a love of self and a love of art.
  • Someone Else: this is actually one of the first poems I ever wrote. So this was freshman year in high school. I tapped into something dark, clearly. I’ve never been cheated on. I certainly wasn’t married! But it kind of told me I was on the right path, creatively.
  • S’embrasser: it’s French for “to kiss.” I was feeling confident in my comprehension of French to start writing poetry.
  • Flip the Script: this was created for the 2015 VDAYSUX blogathon. I was toying with the idea of a woman getting away with domestic abuse.
  • The opposite of a kiss: I like the cadence of the first line. I do like the contrariness of it. A kiss is supposed to be this physical expression of love. But what if it’s not?
  • A Fairy Tale: I wrote this one in grad school. What a lifetime ago! Anyways, I like being able to call back to a previous poem, as I mentioned above. I love fairy stories, and finding my true love is always a good way to express myself.
  • Mon Coeur: it’s French for “my heart.” The translation pretty much lays out what happened, haha. It was a lot of fun to write too.
  • Sentimental x Unsentimental: Much like the theme of this, our in-class writing prompt was opposites. So I chose romantic love and sex without love. That was a fun one to write too.
  • Wind Shaker: speaking of sex, this is about sex with love.
  • Superbia: this is about falling in love in spite of yourself, that raw yet sweet feeling when you’re too proud to admit it.
  • Genius of Love: inspired by the song of the same name, I like the lithe blocks of text that feel almost like a song itself.

And that’s it! What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

love, peace, & adobo grease, Guilliean
love, peace, & adobo grease, Guilliean

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