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POWER OF POETRY #34: “Some Slightly Connected Thoughts on Crafted Vulnerability, Stage Fright, Beauty, and Gratitude” – STEVIE EDWARDS

I am trying to write poems that stand inside of uncertainty and still find things to praise. And I don’t think it matters if I praise my sore legs that keep walking me home from work each night, or if I praise the relief of night rain in my first Carolinian July, or if I praise an idea of a home I miss, or if I praise the mild infection in my right nipple for not being cancer, or if I praise my friend who has stomach cancer but keeps living beyond the rational limits doctors have suggested—it is all praising living. It is all beholding the terrible beautiful uncertainty of being human and saying thank you. I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than gratitude, and poetry helps me to access it.

October 5, 2015 · 1 Comment


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QOTD- Choose Your Weapon

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May 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

QOTD – April 25 – A Reader of Reviews?

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The Daily Prompt – February 25 – Re-Tell Me Your Favorite Story

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February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

How Does Best Selling Author Jodi Picoult Feel About Poetry?

@poetryquestion Poetry: The marriage of precision of language and raw emotion. — Jodi Picoult (@jodipicoult) November 21, 2013

November 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

QOTD – September 24 – Do You Write Happy Words?

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September 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

Write the Real, Not the “Real.”

  Write the real. Notice there are no quotation marks around the word “real” in that first sentence; it’s because the words that should go down on paper are those … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · 3 Comments

Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 207, Jonathan Franzen

Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 207, Jonathan Franzen. The following interview took place over two days in an office borrowed from the University of California, Santa Cruz. … Continue reading

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