Feeling the Pull of the Poetry Tide

“Human salvation lies in the hands of he creatively maladjusted.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A man who has no imagination has no wings.” –Muhammad Ali

"The poet's task is to obscure the point, not to reveal it." --Jon Mychal http://www.jonmychal.com

“The poet’s task is to obscure the point, not to reveal it.” –Jon Mychal

Poetry is not given much value in today’s world. Tell someone you are a poet and they ask you what you do “in real life.” And yet, poetry is the literary equivalent of singl-malt scotch–the distillation of a vision into a dream.

“I listen so that I may decipher the mystery of myself and become more whole.” –Richard Moss

Poetry comes from a tumultuous life, followed by the stillness of the soul that allows sorting out and choosing the seeds of a story, a life, a moment that will blow away in the wind of the next breath.

“Images are the heart of poetry. Images come from the unconscious. . . .Your’re not a poet without imagery.” –Anne Sexton

I will be teaching the how-to of poetry in Minneapolis this May and at Madeline Island in July. Give yourself the gift of stillness and the transcendence of your own voice. Join me at one (or both) of those locations.

8 thoughts on “Feeling the Pull of the Poetry Tide

  1. And when you think my age group studied poetry at high school? I often read the poetry in our weekend newspaper – but really do not make time to actually borrow a book from the library. Maybe I need to do this.
    I love that phrase Jain.

  2. I’ve always enjoyed poetry, although I must confess that I rarely take the time to read it anymore. Perhaps I need to dig out some of my poetry books and spend some time with them again. I know your classes will be wonderful.

    • I like short poems. So I buy poetry books that are small and thin. It helps me read them in small doses and they do the most good that way. Some sort of homeopathy for the soul.

  3. Poetry students
    maintain a belief;
    it’s mentioned five classes in nine.

    But nevertheless
    there’s a place (it’s in Wales)
    and its name rhymes with “orange” just fine.

  4. Would adore that,to far way sadly ,love today’s post…true,I only write in times of desperation…tumultuous soul….ummmmm.xxx

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