To celebrate the 1st birthday of my poetry collection, Men and Music, this series will share "b-sides" not included in the collection but written during the same period, as well as the stories behind the poems. Check back each Monday for a new poem!
In an early draft of what would become Men and Music, "Chick Rock Guy" was going to be the title poem and open the collection. I wrote it after my first few dates with the guy who would eventually become my boyfriend, and the excitement of new love inspired me. This joyful time was about five years before I finished the book, and as the book evolved, the poem never quite fit, in part because I wanted the collection to start in a darker place and then conclude with light. However, I kept going back to "Chick Rock Guy" because I wanted to make it work for the book. In the end, it was a better piece by itself.