Where do my poems come from?

Often times people ask me where my poetry comes from. In particular, my sister posed this question to me today. I really don’t spend any time thinking about my process or the way I write my poetry. However, since my sister asked the question, I decided to make a reply. And like my poetry, this explanation sort of came to me in a spontaneous way. I think it is a fairly accurate description and perhaps those of you who have taken the time to read my poems may appreciate this?

“It is sort of a mystery where my poems come from. I think that they are mostly some sort of waking dream that takes the form of words. They are abstract and thus like a dream they require interpretation and yet they tell a story. That story, however, depends very much on the reader and how they interpret the poem. In that way the reader can make the poem his or her own and I think that is a beautiful interaction.
-Jason Cyrus Akhtarekhavari 3/28/13

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