“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”
Art by tenth grader Julia Wang from San Jose, California, who has won the inaugural National Poetry Month Poster Contest. Wang’s artwork was selected by contest judges Naomi Shihab Nye and Debbie Millman . . . . It incorporates lines from the poem "An Old Story" by current U. S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.
“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.”
Midweek Motif ~ Writing Poetry
Writing Poetry is what we do. Why?
According to Jane Hirshfeld:
"One reason to write a poem is to flush from the deep thickets of the self some thought, feeling, comprehension, question, music, you didn’t know was in you, or in the world. Other forms of writing—scientific papers, political analysis, most journalism—attempt to capture and comprehend something known. Poetry is a release of something previously unknown into the visible. You write to invite that, to make of yourself a gathering of the unexpected and, with luck, of the unexpectable." (Read the rest HERE.)
Is she right? What is a poem?
Your Challenge: In a New poem, tell us Why Write Poetry? and/or What Is Poetry? Consider limiting yourself to addressing one poem rather than generalizing.