For many poets, the transition from novice to experienced is often signaled by a move away from autobiographical work. More experienced poets will draw on the feelings of an experience, without retelling the experience in the work itself. This is poetry that is observational, as opposed to self-referential.

This move away can be challenging for readers who know us in real life, as they blur the lines between what is real and what is a piece of creative writing. If we use Rayna – Editor in Chief ǀ  @herheartshapedbox as an example, the only poems that reflect her real life are those written for her Son, or as an expose of her experiences with post-partum depression. The rest of her work is observational. She is not an abandoned daughter, a victim of online hate crimes or a windswept storm. These are poems written through observation and the experience of an emotion, not the event itself.

How much of ‘You’ is in your work? Do you face problems with others not being able to separate ‘You’ from your poetry.

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