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WHY WRITE POETRY?

You write poetry because you can. Like songs, poetry harkens back to the dawn of time; it grunts and growls, soothes and irritates, inspires and disrupts, demands and cajoles. In IMG_9403his poem, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman said, “I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.”

People seldom think of barbaric yawps when they think about poetry. Even so, consider Dylan Thomas when he cries to his father, “Do not go gentle into that good night” or Sylvia Plath when she bemoans her “Daddy.

You don’t have to be Sylvia Plath or Dylan Thomas to write poetry. All you have to do is IMG_4338put pen to paper. Once you do, your poetry will exude a voice that will unmistakably belong to you. Keep this up, and your poetry will get better and better as time goes on.

When you write poetry, you give form and meaning to world around you. You refine your perspective, gain new insights and add value to the world. When you write poetry, you imbue objects, people, and events with importance, greatness, and purpose. You connect with your emotional spectrum. You refine your perspective, gain new insights and add value to the world.

When you write poetry, you imbue objects, people, and events with importance, greatness, and purpose. You connect with your emotional spectrum. A warm surge stirs your creative spirit. Perhaps it’s a muse or an angel, or the duende, who knows?

Whatever it is, writing poetry stirs your creative spirits, heightens your emotions, reorders your perceptions, diminishes your hubris, and reinforces your commitment to show up at the page, this is why poetry matters