I’ve never had an easy time writing happy poems. Ever since I started writing poetic material, the vast majority of my work has tended to be melancholy, frustrated, or angry. When I have written happy poems, they often seemed artificial or labored…like I was pretending to be something I wasn’t. ‘Pretender’ is a collection of these happier poems. Several of them did have sincere emotion behind them, but most were merely wishful thinking.