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Thread: FAQ: What is Contemporary Poetry?

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    unaccounted for Kylabelle's Avatar
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    When I left AW mid 2016, I was burnt out of writing. I knew at that time it was temporary because it's part of my longstanding pattern to go through times like that, but I needed to be away from it completely for a while.

    One of the cool things that lured me back to poetry happened when I joined an online yoga community. The teacher would read us a poem during savasana (the corpse pose traditionally enjoyed at the end of a yoga practice.) She used a lot of Mary Oliver's poems for that and something about the deep relaxation of savasana coupled with Mary Oliver's soothing voice invited me back to poetry in a very seductive way.

    Then I read the cozy mystery series by Louise Penny. Her main character Armand Gamache quotes a lot of poetry, and one of the other major characters is herself an (insulting, profane, crusty, strange but well-loved) old woman poet. The poetry Penny puts in character Ruth Zardo's mouth (and books) is by Margaret Atwood. So I recently bought and am reading a collection of her works. Not soothing at all, but satisfying in how she always cuts to the bone. Reliably.

    Even more recently I have been enjoying Button Poetry's spoken word videos, a couple of which I have posted here (in the Poetry forum.)

    So I am writing again, and hungry for more poetry.
    Last edited by Kylabelle; 01-19-2019 at 06:08 AM. Reason: where the heck did Adler come from? Good grief. Fixed.

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