Since the age of six I have kept journals. I write incessantly and obsessively. I have to process my thoughts and feelings on paper. I also write poems, stories, and essays and have written two novels. I am working on two different novels now. It's strange. I started on one two years ago and suddenly another one is pushing to be written. I keep a journal on my desk and one upstairs by the bed to jot down thoughts that hit me in the middle of the night. Poetry is a powerful cathartic outlet for me. If I'm struggling with an emotion I write a poem about the situation and feel so much better. AFter my sister threw away a 50 pound box of my life's work 7 years ago it was hard to get back to writing. It was a devastating loss. As if I'd lost a child. Finally the poetry is flowing again. I'd like to interact with other writers and poets. Since the loss of my journals I have filled out over 100 more. I need to go through them and cull the poems.