Eduardo and Charles (Charlie?) have me thinking about themes in poetry. Since I picked up the pen again in March, I’ve been exploring the themes of: beauty, forgiveness and longing. And the poems are really, umm, pretty. I’ve always written poems that are the opposite of pretty and these new poems feel very risky to write. Here I was all dressed up, anticipating the opposite of pretty poems again and they stood me up. So, I’m amassing all these poems and I have no idea which journals even publish pretty poems---ah I lie, several have already been picked up by journals, in fact, they've landed me some of my best credits. Maybe, it’s because they truly are risky for me to write and I feel compelled to write them? Maybe, pretty has gotten a bad rap? Maybe, maybe.