Embrace the Power of Poetry

Whether it’s in the writing or the reading of poetry, there is a power to be found. Poetry is the most pure and honest form of writing that I know. It’s in poetry that we can share out deepest and most sincere feelings and beliefs. It’s in poetry that we can express ourselves honestly without fear of criticism. It’s in poetry that we can express the entire spectrum of human emotion.

When we read poetry, we’re given the opportunity to look into another’s artistic soul. The poet let’s us into his heart and home. We gain insight into human nature and the world around us. We discover truth through poetry.

I’ve Been Writing Poetry for Most of My Life

I started writing poems as a teenager. I haven’t consistently written poems, but in 2014, I published a book of poems: Incandescent Man Walking. I’d like to share a poem from that collection with you:

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In Good Company

Imagine a world without chicken soup,

where cooking is joyless. Imagine a

world with no rules of order,

no elements of style. Imagine a world

in which Peter Rabbit and Huckleberry Finn

never existed in word or

imagination.

Imagine a world

with no “Leaves of Grass.”

 

The “self-published” have often

been looked upon as less than writers,

sneered at by a snobbish industry.

They’ve been rejected, accused, ignored

and left to rust. They’ve been treated

with disrespect, disdain, and dismissed

as amateurs.

 

I know.

I was once told,

“Your story is splendid, but we have no room on our shelves.”

Splendid? Indeed!

It’s a harrowing tale of rape and child abuse.

The critic never read a page.

 

Stories survive. Survivors’ stories live on.

Mark Twain, Upton Sinclair, Carl Sandburg,

James Joyce, Stephen Crane, Edgar Allen Poe,

Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, Henry David Thoreau,

Thomas Paine, Virginia Wolff,

and me,

just to name

a few.

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I recently put together a short book of poems called, Permanence and TransparencyIt will be available at Amazon as an eBook soon.

PermanenceandTransparency

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