Put an expensive gift side by side a thoughtful one. You’d probably prefer the latter, like the one Joe Arroyo and his wife gave for his sister. It’s a label maker for a wedding gift!
Yes, Joe and his wife did not just pick the very first item they saw when shopping for a gift. Instead, they thought about it carefully. And that’s how they got to pick a label maker!
They knew something special about Joe’s sister, Lita. She’s fond of puns! Now, Lita owns a label maker that allows her to put up her poetic gems. Everyone else can see them, too, all around the house!
Have you ever met a poet? If you haven’t, allow us to tell you how they’re both odd and beautiful. They love to observe little details. And they could feel obsessed about it! Indeed, they can speak in a way that taps into our inner senses.
Joe’s sister, Lisa Marie Basile, actually writes for Hello Giggles. Her poetic life also began very early on. When she was yet a child, she would notice details that other kids just miss. Lisa recounts:
“I saw the world as a place filled with secrets, in-between, textures, whispers, and hidden spaces. I could make a world out of the smallest moment. I still do. Being a poet feels like having two bodies — one in this world, and one in some other.”
Now, could you relate to Lisa? If so, then you could explore more of the stuff you really like. Lisa suggests reading. True, many poets like to write while getting inspiration from other poets that they really like. Lisa comments on this:
“While that sounds like plagiarism, it’s not. It’s totally okay, and normal in the early beginning. Eventually, with enough writing and reading and listening to yourself, you will find authenticity and your own voice. I am always working on my own. But seriously: read. It’s not enough to write.”
“Create the poetry you want to read. There are no rules, and if someone tells you there are, they’re probably not evolving quickly enough.”
“But don’t write for an end-goal — write for you. There’s just no way to say this more clearly: A poet must write as much as they can. That doesn’t mean for hours a day, of course. What I do mean to say is that you must dedicate some of your time to the craft.”
“Writing is like the body; it has to be conditioned to grow and change. Your writing ritual depends entirely on you. But you will never be a better writer without writing — even if what you are writing is bad or you dislike it. You will write through the badness and into the good.”
Later on, while continuing to write, you should know what feels right to you and what sounds like you. For real.
Also, don’t forget what you have written, instead, revise them!
“I don’t think people talk about revision enough, I certainly never used to revise, and it caught up to me. Whatever you create, right off the first go, is usually not a masterpiece. Some people say that the rawness of a first draft is indicative of its true power. Well, sure. But a poem is made of a few parts, one being heart and one being craft, I think.”
While it sounds easier said than done, hard work always pays off. We can’t tell, so far, whether or not Lita did the labels all by herself but they absolutely prove the poetic side of her.
Lita was so happy to have received such a very well-thought wedding gift.
Get someone you know a label maker today.
See how people reacted to her puns.