I was asked about the meaning of some poems of mine about love, and lost love. I am a poet, and I use the hurt and joys of my life to inform my work. I am not speaking as me, Alex Ness, when I write about lost love, and perhaps not always writing as me, Alex Ness, when I write about someone I love. The voice is that of the speaker of the work.
So for those keeping score:
I am in love with my wife Beth, and she is my only love, romantically speaking.
If you read that I've a broken heart, I might have one, or it might be fiction. It isn't a good idea to explain every poem, because in the end, the universal emotions I express become limited should I explain them.
For the record also:
I love my son, more than anything in the world.
My two cats are angels in the guise of animals.
I have no money. No one buys my work.
But I am rich for the love in my life.