For my work, I wrote a poetry suite called Into the Forest, I Go, split into three sections. The suite followed the evolution of an opinion, explored through juxtaposing the raw, organic Self, and the concrete Self inspired by the constraints of society. My dual settings, Forest and Concrete, were inspired by my love of forest imagery, my Gold Duke of Edinburgh experience in New Zealand, and my adoration of Sylvia Plath’s Moor poems.
Unfortunately, this work didn’t just grow overnight, like the mushrooms in my work; it was an exhilarating and difficult process of writing. I went through seven drafts, and many, many rewrites. It was my procrastination, my pride and joy, a piece of my Year 12 life and a work I will always cherish.
This suite of poems is composed of many interweaving threads of thought, manifesting my overall concept through an overarching narrative that follows my persona as she attempts to navigate the complexities of human nature; everyone will resonate with something from a story, and mine will be no different.
I know some people believe that poetry springs, fully formed, from the poet’s forehead. I would love to confirm that this isn’t true; the writing process was exhilarating, but difficult. I went through seven drafts, and many, many rewrites.
I had 12 ideas, scrapped them all; my first draft looked absolutely nothing like my last. I researched images, motifs; was encouraged and critiqued by mentors and peers alike.
This is a process that is meant to take a year, and it felt like it! I had never embarked on quite such a demanding and fantastic journey in my writing.
I am forever changed by this process. My writing has been refined, challenged, improved; and so have I.
This process taught me much about time management, organisation, and research, and most significantly, independence. Of course, I was supported on this creative journey, but I would not have truly succeeded if I had not put the work in, and a lot of it.
I created a work that I will always be proud of, and I think that is the most important lesson I received; to continually strive for work and indeed poetry that reflects my growth as a writer and a person.