Welcome to the end of my Men and Music B-Side Project. It's been a pleasure sharing these poems with you and revisiting some work that had flown under the radar. For my last piece, I wanted to share "October," which was published in A Quiet Courage last year.
I think this poem represents the haphazard way creativity works."October" is not like the poems in Men and Music--it's softer, quieter, and written from a more anonymous perspective. While working on the book, I occasionally grew tired of the confessional, personal "I." When that happened, I would set the book aside and work on more hushed poems like this one.
Having finished Men and Music and shared so much "personal" work through this project, I feel drawn back to writing pieces like "October." On this chilly fall day in New York City, I close my B-Side series with this piece about autumn, the nostalgia of memory, and the stories we tell about the people we love. I wish you a joyous season filled with warm drinks and poetry. Take care.