About This Blog

I’ve been writing poetry since I was 14 years old. While I’ve always been interested in ee4210a23cc51c31fd4da434bfc85b58writing, poetry struck me in a way that prose never had. To me it was a much more pure and concise way to communicate feelings and ideas with other people. Rhymed or un-rhymed, formal or free, long or short, the poem could transport you right into the poet’s heart and/or mind. It could connect you directly to another soul by way of a telegraph line of words. A good poet could, as T.S. Elliot once said, transform her blood into ink, but a great poet could leave enough ambiguity in the poem that the reader could see themselves in it rather than just seeing the poet.

My poetry has been influenced by a wide variety of poets, lyricists and songwriters. I would name by biggest influences as: Lord Byron, John Keats, William Blake, Gaius Valerius Catullus, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, Erica Jong, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend and Ted Hughes just to name a few. I write in a variety of forms and styles and generally let the piece itself determine what form will serve it best.

This blog is my way of sharing my work with a larger audience, getting feedback and working toward publishing collections of my poetry. The title of the blog is taken from this poem.

I am also a contributor/curator at Blood into Ink: Warrior Voices of Survival.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoy what you find here.

John W. Leys