The Voice behind the Poem
Updated: Dec 17, 2019
This soulful young poet delivers a cache of romantic one-liners that put “You had me at ‘hello’,” to shame.
Albany I. McCabe, writer and photographer, hailing from northern Maine, U.S., has been using Instagram as her personal quote bank since early spring of this year. Illustrating her poetry against graphics, McCabe taps into our unarticulated, sentimental reverie and lays them bare in comprehensible verse.
“If anyone looked at me, and truly saw me, they couldn’t fail to see the marks: gentle fingerprints leftover from where you touched my soul.”
Simple in its relatability, honest in its vulnerability and moving in its innocence, McCabe’s style appeals to anyone with a beating heart. With phrases like,
“He told me I would always be an island...But now I wasn’t shipwrecked alone,”
McCabe recalls the unique impression that humans can leave on one another, be it romantic, platonic or familial.
In a world where romance is often bound by “the game” and words of love and affirmation tend to be tossed tragically to the wayside, McCabe sidesteps the rule book and writes what everyone is thinking: “You’ve made your way into every moment of every day.”
When asked about her creative writing process, McCabe describes it as, “a bit chaotic.” Most of her poems stem from phrases blossoming in her mind, later elaborated with specific intention; however, McCabe admits that the main “muse” for her creative flow is her boyfriend, Emery.
“Sometimes we’ll be talking and the conversation gets very deep, he’ll then prompt a response from me that gives me an idea for a short poem,” says McCabe, revealing that the handle of her Instagram account, @the.aimless.muse, is also inspired by Emery.
While McCabe tends to write in rhyme to produce an “attractive flow, without taking away from the initial meaning,” she also writes free verse poetry with equal zeal. “Poetry does not have to rhyme to be enjoyable.” She asserts.
Beyond the written word, McCabe’s poetic vision exceeds the pen, composing through her camera lens into elegant imagery. Though she has been honing her writing skills since childhood, McCabe only began photography in recent years, publishing her first images on Instagram in June of 2015. It wasn’t until this year however, that she developed a “serious” commitment to the art form, taking “giant strides in that department,” with a clear progression of skill and soulful experimentation.
Today, McCabe makes an effort to balance her pursuit of photography and writing. “There [are] definitely periods of time where I’m lacking creative inspiration for either photography or writing . . . but I try not to let too much time go by without engaging in either activity.”
For InSpades’ first issue, “Numero Zero”, McCabe will be publishing her poetry in print for the second time, having also contributed her work to Maine’s Echoes Magazine. Readers find her poetry to be so relatable, depicting emotions that many of us feel but struggle to put into words.
She hopes that through her poetry she can empower others to find their own inner voice and bridge the imaginary gap we place between ourselves and others.