Welcome to Martel. Poetry Undiluted! My name is Alina Martel, and I am a poet and saxophonist studying neuroscience at Yale University. Passionate about anything related to the brain, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and medicine, I am a scientist at heart. I am also an artist—a creative: literature, writing, poetry, music, and visual art deepen my experience of the world. Nothing can compare to the sensation of bringing something into being. Whether that thing is a poem or a picture or a well-formed hypothesis, life opens up for those who contribute to its variety. Expression is beautiful! That is what brings me here, and I am thrilled to see that you are here, too. As you read and explore, I hope that my poems and photos enrich your emotional experience—that they bring you joy, entertainment, peace, or any other emotion that you may find within them. To me, this is one of poetry's greatest powers, and it is a gift to be able to share it with you. With that, go forth! Be curious. Be inquisitive. Stay for a while.
FOR THE EXTRA CURIOUS:
Not in the mood to leave the 'About' page? Read on to learn more about this website's origin, the inspiration for my poetry, and other factual nibbles.
I owe the idea for Martel. Poetry Undiluted to one of my favorite humans, whom I met during my first year of college. I had been writing poetry regularly for three or four years, and my collection was growing steadily. Unfortunately, few people were seeing my work. While my family, friends, and teachers provided me with a reliable, patient, and enthusiastic audience, I was consistently inundating them with poetry: I needed a more relaxed and comprehensive way to showcase my writing. This prompted the suggestion of creating an online portfolio, and my passion project was soon underway.
Martel. Poetry Undiluted features the best of my work and is home to poetry of various styles, lengths, and themes. Some poems are short, some poems are long, and some are still deciding. Several of them were written in a single sitting, and many others required hours, days, or even weeks of revision. I have written poems about people, poems about love, and poems about time. I have also written poems about none of these things. Only one element remains identical throughout: each work contains an undiluted piece of me.
Every verse that I create is a combination of my experiences, influences, and most profound sentiments. This site's poetry archive is the closest I have gotten to approximating the contents of my soul. For me, poetry is the ultimate—an incomparable release. It is a way to think and to feel. It is also a way to do neither. Whether the world feels frighteningly large or achingly small, poems are a potent medicine—a catalyst for resilience and understanding. This is why I write. It is also why I share.
Reading poems can be just as fulfilling as composing them. As stated above, I hope that these verses bring you value—that something you read will echo your experiences, call back a long-forgotten emotion, or reawaken a distant moment. It is possible that you will feel puzzled in your perusal. You may laugh or give a skeptical 'hmm.' Perhaps you'll feel enchanted or appalled. Perhaps you will feel nothing at all. This can go many ways.
Regardless of the outcome, I hope that your visit is memorable and that we meet again. Until then, I give you my best.