In my experience what has drawn me to poetry was its accessibility in terms of being able to produce art from an “ameatur” standpoint and having others quickly “get it.” I encapsulate a thought that comes to me and write it down and share it with friends and peers. Lately, after taking classes in graduate school I have come across terms, concepts, and frameworks that broaden my expression in writing. As scholars what we learn has a use in helping others and affects the way we engage the world to achieve justice. This has also affected my poetry writing. I feel like my poetry has been “academized.” I am not outright stating that is inherently wrong but rather it has me concerned about the accessibility of my writing. Recently whenever I finish with a piece I feel that my content and its relevance with my intended audience has lost its way due to language. I am wondering if others can relate with this and have ways in bridging this? This can also extend to academic writing and publishing. How can we reconcile academic language that we need while being thoughtful of having our works accessible?