Thursday, April 10, 2008

Let's talk

"My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy." ---William Shakespeare
Yes, that's me today: content. Tomorrow, the sonnet crown that seven of us have been soldering together over the last several months will be on display. We are richer for the writing of it.

My contentment made me think of that popular t-shirt slogan:
He who dies with the most toys wins.
Really? Not:
She who dies with the most poems
in her heart wins, and wins BIG.
I'm sorry. I can't write about writing poetry without getting sappy. I believe that writing poetry teaches you how to think. I believe that it teaches you how to pay attention. I believe it strips away everything you seek to hide behind and puts your sobbing little heart out there on a hot pink T-shirt for all to see.

NO. Stop right there. You're scaring people.

Poetry ain't a mush fest. Poetry isn't an intellectual exercise in word collection. Poetry isn't trickery or formula or mumbo-jumbo.

It's marks on paper. It's sounds spoken. It's me, talking with you.

Can't wait to talk with you tomorrow.


  1. Sara,

    I'm with you when it comes to poetry! I agree 100%. I can't wait to read the crown sonnet.

  2. Oh...I can't wait to read the sonnet!

  3. Me too! I'm getting all fluttery.

  4. Nice quotes, lady. I'll be posting tomorrow's post any moment now, but I'm so thrilled about the entire project.

  5. Thanks. I like your attitude.

    Terry Finley


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