Having written poetry all my life, I’ve often wondered why. Why did I pick up a pen and write that first poem when I was a child? Why did I continue to write (and read) poetry through adulthood? What makes poetry so special? We’ve all heard that poetry is a form of self-expression, but it’s so much more than that.
Putting pen to paper helps me make sense of the world, it acts as therapy when trying to cope with a difficult situation, and it’s a round-trip train ticket for me to see the world differently. But poetry isn’t always so selfish as to serve only the poet; it can reach across time, boundaries, race, religion, and gender to help us all connect, share viewpoints, and communicate with one another. That’s why.
now it’s your turn
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