The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

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

Jason Isbell On Poetry

  @poetryquestion They aren't the same, by any stretch, but poetry is relevant for those of us who write anything lyrical. Still Glück maybe. — Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) April 16, … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

QOTD – Could You Do a Better Job?

Anyone who’s listened to anyone speak about anyone who’s in the public eye has undoubtedly heard what a moron so-and-so is and what a horrible job those clowns are doing. … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

QOTD – August 2 – Jumping the Shark

In 1977 The Fonz jumped the shark in an episode of Happy Days. They were losing viewers, and it seemed like a cool stunt to pull off, and try to gain … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Dorothy Parker – An Audio Recording of “Bohemia”

I never knew there was an audio recording of Parker reading “Bohemia” until this evening. The sternness with which she reads says so much about this piece. Bohemia Authors and … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

TWITTER-VIEW: Asia Sparks on Giving it Her All

You might not know the name Asia Sparks, but that will change soon enough. She is a female emcee that can compete with the big boys of hip hop. The … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Daily Prompt – July 19 – I Wish I Were An Oscar Meyer Weiner…

Rules: 1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc) 2. You may write in any format you see fit … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Worth of Friendship

Have you ever had a distinct spot that you and your friends venture out to? Eric foreman – from That 70’s Show – and all the other hippies have Eric’s basement. … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Honesty

Ok, I haven’t written anything in a little bit and I feel bad about it.  What is my problem?  Without getting into too many details I am going through a … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Daily Prompt – July 3rd – What have you done for YOU lately?

Rules: 1. Use the prompt in the way it’s intended (starting a sentence, the title of the piece, theme, etc) 2. You may write in any format you see fit … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

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