What's on the other side of the stuff you need to write, the marketing you gotta do, and the emails you should return?
Desire. Sleep. The passions l that aren't born of what's clearly public, profitable, or popular.
Oh, and poetry.
It was so wonderful to appear on Linda Bonney’s podcast to talk about something as delightfully subversive as poetry. She’s a brave soul on a mission, showing us how verse matters in a world obsessed with prose.
We wrote poems in the margins before we pushed quotes into the Instagram feed
Once upon a time, phones were used to place calls and recent college grads had jobs at desks without computers. I used to fill legal pads with stanzas that never, ever rhymed.
But that was a long time ago, and I tried to dance away from Linda’s invitation to talk about the role of poetry in my life today. Though I try my best to read a poem rather than get lost in the news feed from time to time, I haven't written purposefully written a line of poetry for years.
Linda has a way of finding the poet within and inviting you to find your own poetic soul in the midst of the distraction and the full sentences.
Returning to the Elements of Writing After Long Silence
I invite you to listen to our conversation, Returning to the Elements of Writing After Long Silence. It was an honor to read aloud from a piece I wrote last month that celebrated the return of my voice. We also dive into W.B. Yeats and what it might mean to welcome poetry into the “real” work.
And tell me... where does poetry sit along your own life's journey? Is it a part of your distant past? A continuing source of inspiration and solace? A language you never quite learned to speak?