All posts tagged: poets

Because I Can’t Tell You What to Write, I’ll Tell You

My goal has always been to produce the type of writing that people want to read in the morning. I want to develop a writing style that sets a tone of hope or gratitude or strength for the day, so that readers look forward to reading my work at any time of the day. When I find that a piece of writing is readable in the morning, I find that the writing is also easy to read after a long day of work or on a day when I’m feeling down. I like reading Mary Oliver’s poems in the mornings because she usually makes me appreciate the things that are so easy to take for granted. In the poem “Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night” from the book Dog Songs, Oliver writes, “’Tell me you love me,’ he says / ‘Tell me again.’ / Could there be a sweeter arrangement? Over and over / he gets to ask. / I get to tell. ” Despite not having a pet dog anymore, these lines bring back memories. …

There are Ghosts and Madness in These Lines

This is a poetry series in which I share poetry lines that move me and why they move me. The following lines are from The Carrying by Ada Limon. What if I want to go devil instead? Bow down to the madness that makes me. from “Last Summer After a Panic Attack” I think that all artists including writers carry a madness. (Correct me if I’m wrong.) Here, I’m using the either the “state of frenzied or chaotic activity” definition or “extremely foolish behavior.” My madness sometimes occurs after midnight when I can’t sleep and there’s chaos in my mind. A whirlwind of writing ideas and dreams. Unanswered messages like ghosts in the throat. from “Last Summer After a Panic Attack” I have never thought of ghosts living in the throat, and I admire this line so much for its creativity. I would have expected ghosts in the attic or ghosts in the cemetery, so the end of this line caught me off guard. It reminds me of the things I don’t say when I need …

These Lines Belong in Love Letters

I’m going to start a poetry series in which I share poetry lines that move me and why they move me. Sometimes I really believe I can turn anything into a you. by #MelissaLozada-Oliva from “I’m So Lonely I Grow a New Hymen” I love symbols and symbolism. When I see specific things, sometimes I see specific people from my life that are known for using those things, for saying those things. Sometimes it takes creativity to see things that are not physically present through things like songs, clothes, or scents. Also, I just noticed Melissa used “a you” instead of “you,” and to me that accentuates this replication of a someone who is not there. i know no love without teeth & have the scars to remember. trace those scars & you have a map to my heart. open carefully. i will not die. by #JoseOlivarez from “I Wake in a Field of Wolves with the Moon” I like how these lines go from teeth to scars and from scars to heart. (There’s probably …