Bending the rules with poetry

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By Kirsten Laskey

Michelle Holland became a poet in high school. She liked to write but staying in the rules and guidelines of writing just wasn’t her thing.

“I wasn’t a very good prose writer in high school,” she said, “(but) I wanted to write. I liked to keep a journal but I wasn’t good at putting together sentences and paragraphs.”

Poetry offered a way out of all the rules. She wrote the way she thought poetry should be written.

Looking back, it was a little naïve. Holland explained she did not have any literary mentors or role models to guide her work. Now, she is helping others mold their literary skills as an English teacher at Los Alamos High School.

Additionally, Holland will share her recent work during the Authors Speak series, which will continue at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

Holland said she will read from her new collection of poetry, “Chaos Theory,” as well as explain how the work came together.

This is Holland’s second published collection. Three years ago, her work, “The Sound a Raven Makes,” was published. It earned the 2007 New Mexico Book Award.

“That was kind of cool,” Holland said.

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