As I reflect upon my social media experience and “debrief” following my departure—especially from Twitter, a platform I enjoyed in spite of its ultimate ineffectiveness—I recall how sad it was to watch parts of the independent music community devolve into the playlist-pushing parade. Instead of artists discussing their work—providing insight into their artistic philosophy and life—timelines were devoted to this new method of promotion. Whilst I appreciate its value—and perhaps I avoid it at my peril—it became clear to me that it is destroying independent music from the inside, favouring quantity over quality.

One of the greatest joys in life is to be engrossed in a task so captivating that all the other demands of life seem to vanish about you. Writing poetry is such a task to me.