I had a conversation Monday night with Melysa Martinez, who happens to run Kill Your Darlings ATL about love and she mentioned that it was curious I was one of the few people she knew who actively wrote love poems after showing her my three poems over at Connotation Press and interview with Nicelle Davis where I talk a little about love and how I developed my style in poetry.

At my very core, I’m a romantic. A great love song, love poem or an amazing break up song, poem will knock me on my ass every single time. I like hearing how couples meet. I completely get Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I distrust cheap, predictable romance in all forms.

My love poems reflect where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I’m going. I look into the vault and I read the venom of an emotard. I look now and they are more mature. I think sometimes I’m learning and sometimes I don’t feel like I have learned anything, but I think that’s part of love, the trial and error.

I’m cautiously optimistic right now. Right now, I can’t tell you why but one day, I will and it will all make sense after I go over the orbital patterns, the mistakes, the names, everything. I’ll show my work this time.


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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net.

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