hello everyone.i have written poetry for many years. i would like to set up a poetry blog to get people more in tune with their artistic side. people think that poetry is girly, but its not. people don't understand that poetry is a way of expressing ones feelings. i use poetry when I'm mad or depressed. see I'm bipolar type 2 and it involves suicidal thoughts. i have tried to many times but thought about what that would do to my family. so instead of committing suicide i wrote a poem about how i was feeling. and it took away some of the edge off my depression and anguish. so poetry really has saved my life in a way. if I didn't write I would probably be 6 foot under right about now. i hope that you people are able to see were I am coming from with this. i would like to start a group of people on a blog to just talk about poetry. and learn the true power that poetry possesses. I am only 20 years old but have dealt with alot in life. i have been homeless i have been in trouble with the law. ive had multiple family problems. i recently lost my grampa to a brain tumor. i dont get along wiht my father. he used to beat me. he used to call me terrible names. i would like to talk to people and show them the true beauty in poetry. being a poet is not something that you need to hide or be ashamed of. i would like you to please responde back to me. i hope that i am not alone in the way that i feel. with all the turmoil in the world right now i think people need to find a way to expres the stresses of everyday life. i know about stress i am now a college student. and it is not easy. but i am able to get through the problems of everyday life by carrying an notebook and a pen with me and writing down ideas or what ever comes to my mind and turn it into a poem.