Jessica Michelle is our Poet of Instagram this week! How exciting! She is an amazing poet and artist. Her work is provocative, heartfelt and visually stunning. We talk about her inspirations, her process and we get to see her own artwork. I can't wait for you to meet and fall in love with this wonderful poets work!
My name is Jessica Michelle. I am the mother of two insanely beautifully creative souls. And as much of a cliché as it may be, they are my reason to wake up in the morning. My family is everything to me. Between my siblings, my daughters, and my boyfriend, I have more love in my life than I could ever know what to do with.
I live in Sarasota, Florida and would pretty much love to be anywhere but here. But reasons beyond my control keep me close to the sand and the waves.
When did you start creating poetry? Tell us a little about your journey.
For as long as I can remember I have always been the one in life who was “too sensitive”. The girl who “felt too much” or “couldn’t take a joke”. I remember being a little girl and having more emotions flowing through me than I knew what to do with. Poetry was my way of surviving having such a heavy heart. When I was about 10 years old I started writing in my first journal. I still have those journals and as silly or as insignificant the subject matter of the entries may seem, it catches me off guard just how quickly some of the memories come back to me. From about 10 years old on I have always had a journal of some sort at my side. After my divorce in 2009, I put my pen down. I don’t know if it was that I couldn’t write or I just didn’t want to write, but I did not pick up a pen until January 2015. My writing has gotten me through more in this past year than possibly all other years of my life.
Wow, I know how you feel about people saying that you "feel to much". I love how writing as been an outlet to help you get through all the hard times. How would you describe your poetry?
My writings deal with love and heartbreak and not too much other than that. I honestly believe that all the happiness in this world, all of the anger in this world, all the beauty and all the ugliness... it stems from love or a lack of. This world would be so much more beautiful if we all loved a little more.
I completely agree with you. What inspires your poetry?
Love. Love inspires everything that I write. Whether it be the lack of love in my life or the abundance of love I feel. Not all of my pieces are inspired by my life however. I write about things that have happened to me. I write about situations that I wish would be true to my life. And I write about things that I am afraid of.
What is the process you take to write your poetry? I know it can be hard to get those feelings into words.
My process for writing changes every time I sit down to write. There are nights when I grab a beer (or two), turn on music, and just let my fingers hit the keys. And then there are times when something just hits me out of the blue and I frantically have to search for a pen before I lose my thoughts. More often than not, I have to rely on my talk to text feature on my phone to take down quick thoughts or lines that I want to build upon later.
I do the same thing! Isn't technology great these days? Speaking of technology, why did you start your Instagram account?
I started my writing account because I knew that I not only wanted to, but needed to start writing again. I work better when I know that I will be held accountable for something. I figured that if I started an account I would “have to” keep writing so that I could fill it. I started writing again when my personal life was going through a fairly scary and uncertain time. I knew that if I didn’t write, I would end up bottling all my emotions and the end result wouldn’t be good.
Why is sharing your poetry special to you?
Words mean so much to me. I have always said that I would rather have a handwritten love letter left on my pillow than a bouquet of roses on my door step. Whether it be an inspirational quote, a Bible verse, or music lyrics; words, in one form or another have gotten me through some of the hardest and scariest times in my life. It is probably one of the most amazing feelings when I see people leaving comments on my work about how much they relate or how they “needed” to read something I wrote. I have been there. So in love that you can’t contain your thoughts. Or so completely heartbroken and feeling lost that nothing makes sense. My dream has always been to touch people’s lives in some way. And I can only hope that my words can reach someone and help them celebrate a love or help them to survive heartbreak.
They do. There are so many times where I have read your poetry and felt it speak to me. What do you want people to take from your poetry?
If I could have people remember on thing after reading my words I would want them to remember that we all have the same basic love inside of us. Our paths are just different and that love might not look the same anymore. We have all felt heartbreak. We have all yearned for love in one way or another. We have all felt cherished and adored. No matter where we come from, or what path we travel in life, we are all so much more similar than so many of us would like to believe. But if we really just stopped to realize that so much that is done in life is down out of love or heartbreak, maybe we would be a little more understanding of the world around us.
It is really hard to pick a favourite, let alone three. But there is one piece that always stands out to me. Because it really does represent everything that I feel and believe in life. I want to believe that love really will conquer all.
“And while she never felt quite normal, she was nowhere near crazy. She just loved too much. Choosing to see the savage world through her heart instead of her eyes.”
Wow, that one is one of my favourites as well. Would you ever publish your poems?
I am working on publishing my first book of poetry right now through. I expect it to be out early 2016.
That is amazing, congratulations! That is wonderful and so well deserved. Do you have any other plans (apart from being published) for the future in terms of your poetry?
To just keep writing. I try not to put too much pressure on writing. My writing does not come as easily when I write because I “have to” instead of writing because I “need to”.
Your Social Accounts:
- Instagram : _jessica.michelle_
- Facebook: Jessica Michelle