Ryan McClelland


If you've learned nothing else, you've probably learned that life is a journey. As far as I can tell, it's never been about us or the routes we choose or where we end up on this journey. Life is what we make of it, and what's matters most is something we get to decide. Perhaps I'm too young or too old to figure it out, but I'm not sure what matters most to me yet. I'm not sure where I want to travel, what I want to do, or how I want to get there. But along the way I'm going to try my best to be open minded and curious.

I'm always learning and always up to something, but at the end of the day I'm only a storyteller. I can't help it. We're all telling ourselves a story. After all, "Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read."

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the finished piece. I fall in love with my own poetry for what it becomes after my pen stops. It takes on it's own character and voice, it comes to a place where people can read into it and out of it things I can't begin to imagine. There are so many amazing poems out there that are life changing, and it's so great to see what other people are contributing to my list of personal favorites. I'm proud of what I have contributed to the pool for people to pick their favorites from. What a poem can become is the joy of it's author, this is at least the case for me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest chapbook "The Gift" is two fold. At the time of it's conception I had, in my perspective, received two huge gifts. Poetry being one, and love being the second. I've been so captivated by so many poems recently it's hard to imagine life without wordplay and from that has come much of this collection. As for love, it is such a broad topic because it can be so many things toward so many other things. The feelings I have toward a crush or while star gazing or people watching or the compassion I have toward another human, all of this is love. It can't be contained in just one poem and so I continued to write about it. Most of the collection revolves around these two topics, however a few poems in "The Gift" are oddballs that I enjoyed writing and wanted to share. You could almost say they are bonus content. What is worth sharing if you can't put your opinions out there as well? I hope the oddballs make people think for a moment and reconsider where they stand on particular topics. I hope it presents them with that gift, from myself to them.
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The Gift
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,980. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A must read, this collection of poetry is the first published work from Ryan McClelland. This collection includes poems on various topics including love, life, beauty, and the joys of writing poetry. Memorable pieces from this collection are, "Cosmedic", "Hot", and "Pen Point".

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