For me, poetry is reflection and prayer. I’m not very good at prayer because my mind lacks focus. Jedi Small I am not. Though I can drip slowly, drip, drip, drip, through poetry.
I know it isn’t for everyone, but it is worth exploring because it helps you learn to slow down. It is quite counter-cultural for our society too. Think about it.
- No one makes money writing poetry.
- There is no New York Times Bestsellers List for Poetry. Too bad really.
- Poetry is easy to steal.
- Poetry is almost meant to be stolen. What poet wouldn’t want others to memorize and internalize a poem? What could be more like theft than for a poet’s words to be inside someone’s head, memorized, ready to be recalled and plagiarized at any moment.
That said, poetry is sexy. Poetry is cool. Poetry is prayer. Poetry is emotion, but also logic. It is words, but also numbers.
If you feel like you’ve never really understood poetry, there’s hope. I have a solution. Or rather The Wellblog has a solution. True to the heart of poetry, she’s giving it away. If you try your hand at a mask poem, you’ll have a chance to win her extra copy of The Making of a Poem.