Community Poet's Corner

Why do I believe in poetry?

In these days of increasing unemployment and mental stresses and pressure poetry will have increasingly important role in self expression and self awareness. 

It is no exaggeration that without this creative outlet I would probably not still be in the land of living or I might be a faceless isolated man staring out from a window of a mental health institution too sedated to know what time of day it is.

People need self expression poetry will help teach you new words new ways of thinking. 

Many people have a favourite poem, I like to think of poetry as lyrics with music you might fashion in your mind or even just on its own in can be more powerful than you can fathom.

Poetry can cause a paradigm shift in thinking help explain what people go through in a very short space of words. It can change your perspective and challenge your point of view which makes it increasingly important in the polarisation of people because of belief, gender, race, sexuality and many other issues.

Poetry enables you to communicate your ideas and vision of the world to other people. And they can interact and take something from what you written. They maybe inspired to write something as well.

Poetry expresses ideas and emotions.

Comments and feedback in general will help you grow your skill in writing poetry.

Poetry is really expressive art form and can helps you realise things about yourself and the world you haven’t realised before.

Having it on paper allows you to deal with (your demons) and leads to realisation of how and why you feel or think that way.

Creating a poem is an end product a creation of living and informed piece of art which leads to a sense of accomplishment and achievement.

Performance getting up in front of people and having the confidence in your creation and yourself to perform your poem leads to a huge boost in confidence and public speaking as a skill is an important one.

About the author

Dan Hooks

Hi there my name is Dan Hooks and I am a poet.

My poetry has many diverse themes from madness to the mundane, from fantasy and fable to philosophical and the darkness of reality (whatever that is).

I have been writing since I was 18 and have inspired other artists such as Benjamin Heine who created an piece of art work called”filled with fire” from my poem called “Freedom”. That poem was inspired from a quote from Nelson Mandela saying “we are free to be free”. Writing I find is a collaborative process.

I have also written other poems which have been used in language courses in America, Canada and Australia. One of which is called “poem on identity” and the other one is “Antithesis”.

I have a soundcloud account in which I post poems to music and my spoken word pieces. I find spreading my work on various social media platforms really useful for presenting my work.

I am also fond of travelling and have climbed Mount Fuji in Japan visited Finland skied in both USA in keystone Colorado and Whistler in Canada. I find perspective can be found in travelling to other countries and it also helps you appreciate other cultures as well your own.