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Jane Hirshfield: Why Write Poetry?


"Poetry magnetizes both depth and the possible. It offers widening of aperture and increase of reach. We live so often in a damped-down condition, obscured from ourselves and others. The sequesters are social—convention, politeness—and personal: timidity, self-fear or self-blindness, fatigue. To step into a poem is to agree to risk. Writing takes down all protections, to see what steps forward. Poetry is a trick of language-legerdemain, in which the writer is both magician and audience. You reach your hand into the hat and surprise yourself with rabbit or memory, with odd verb or slant rhyme or the flashing scarf of an image. This is true for discovering some newness of the emotions, and also true of ideas. Poems foment revolutions of being. Whatever the old order was, a poem will change it."

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/one-true-thing/201401/jane-hirshfield-why-write-poetry
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Oh, thank you, libra! I just discovered this now and can't wait to read it. (Too tired tonight.)
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Yes, thank you Libra! Now that's two good articles bookmarked. What a treat,

Chris
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