I started writing poetry in the eighth grade; and in the years since, writing poems has almost become a habit. Admittely, I’ve had some years where I’ve been off and on, but I always seem to come back to the words.
When I was in high school, I self-published nearly a collection every year. Those books are, blessedly, gone from the internet and the world, and exist only on a very, very small handful of shelves. I haven’t ruled out further self-publishing in the future, but, for now, I’m happy to simply keep writing and sharing individual poems as I go.