Poetry and story telling have been important elements of my life since I can remember. I wrote short stories in second grade, love poems in 4th, angst poems in high school, and political poems in college. Today, my writing usually takes on a more journalistic feel, but the power of creatively condensing an idea into a concise, accessible line is common in all forms.
A few days ago, I stumbled upon a chap book from one of my former professors at Cal State University Long Beach, Dr. Gerald Locklin. He is known as one of the most prolific American Poets, and has a very accessible and natural way of putting together his pieces. I reread this piece and was impressed at how powerfully it addresses an issue that humanity is wrestling with today.