poetry by j matthew waters

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so many people think my poetry must be autobiographical
but to tell the truth I am unsure whether it is or not. I sat up
all hours of the night last night contemplating this very idea
and was unable to draw a conclusion. but it got me thinking
about so many years ago when I was just eighteen and had
lost my drivers license before graduating from high school.
I recall it as the loneliest summer of my life even though I
have no empirical memories to support the claim. somehow
I got past it and soon was set free in Iowa City where I spent
the next four years going to college and learning how to drink
beer and smoke weed. throughout my stay I experimented
with senseless poetry. despite receiving recommendations
from more than one professor to take up a different vocation
I continued to write for no particular reason which is probably
why I don’t know exactly what it is that I’m doing to this day.

april two thousand nineteen
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