I’ve never considered myself to be a poet. For a long time, poetry frankly scared me and I just didn’t think that I was capable of writing it. However, during my time as a part of the SOL community and the Teach Write group, my view of poetry and my ability to write poetry has changed quite a bit. One member of both groups, Christie Wyman, has shown me that poetry is not something to fear or avoid. The book Poems Are Teachers, by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, also taught me so much.
I’ve written more and more poetry over the last year or so. Recently, I discovered two apps for my iPad that stimulated my poetry writing. One is the poeTree app and the other is the Instant Poetry 2 app. I’ve enjoyed playing around with words and creating a variety of poems. I think that I appreciate these apps because they don’t insist on one correct way to write a poem. I have freedom to write whatever is in my heart or on my mind.