Perhaps one-third of the Bible is poetry. God is fond of speaking in verse, and inspiring others to do the same. We use poetry to express love, despair, heal our inner trauma, and make true connections with one another. Poetry uses our inadequate language skills to share that which otherwise cannot be expressed.
Poetry creates feeling as well as meaning, mood as well as modality.
I’ve always experienced poetry as a type of music as much as a written art. The word comes alive off the page, and also sinks into the heart as it’s heard. Sometimes the cadence and power of the language is more important than the meaning of the words themselves.
Some poetry gives us nothing, and some amuses. Some reduces us to tears, or generates anger, or convinces us to join a movement, or changes our lives.
I hope my poetry does any of that.
My first collection is building. I hope to publish it in 2024. A few samples are linked below.
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