you have to want to write
you have to believe you have something to say
you have to have an interesting way of saying it
The assault of emotion is also regarded by ancient authors as an endangering wetness. Emotion is a liquid or liquefying substance that pours into a person and dissolves him. Fear is “wet” in Archilochos and causes Anakreon to “drizzle.” Anxiety “falls in drops” within the minds of a Greek tragic chorus. Envy melts the eyes and heart of the envious in a Hellenistic epigram. Of all the emotions, by far the most devastating are those of erotic desire, for love combines a liquescent effect with fiery heat: the lover who is not melted away by Eros is likely to be burned to a crisp. Thus desire is variously said to melt, flood, soften, loosen, boil, broil, roast, drown and disintegrate the lover who is his victim.
∆ Anne Carson, excerpt of “Dirt and Desire: Essay on the Phenomenology of Female Pollution in Antiquity”, in Men in the Off Hours
When you’re deeply sensitive, love is ecstasy. Music is godlike. Heartache is a wide, somatic wound. Visual natural beauty is jewel-drenched, wild bliss. Tension and conflict are muscle tightening and toxic, straight down to the cells. So how do you hold it all? You rinse, re-centre, and remain clear. You recycle your sensitivity by propelling yourself and others to create waves of change in a super starving world. Direct your passion by spreading your heart only across what clearly matters most. Surround yourself with the souls and spaces that groove alongside your own- the ones that also desire to chase the beauty, courage and freedom we’re all here to teach each other. Choose love over fear and let go of all the rest, breathing what isn’t best for you straight out of your bones. Remember-there is power in the body. Harness it for the greater good, and allow nothing confusing, peace disrupting, or hurtful stand in its way.
| Victoria Erickson
Arguably, phone note poetry also offers us something else – the technology actually changes how we experience our work. Time stamps mean we know the exact date and time when we felt a certain way, while cloud technology means all our creative thoughts are collected in one place for years on end. Alaina says that looking back over her old phone note poems helps her process her emotions. "It makes me feel good to realise that nine times out of 10, I don’t feel that way anymore," she says.