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Friday, September 21, 2007

after catastrophe

poetry becomes as essential as bread.

Vaclav Havel

This has been in my head for the last few days. Today I realized it's because poetry opens the gateway to feeling. Catastrophe leaves us numb, shuts us down. Poetry opens and melts us, allows grief and rage and tears to surge through our bodies. Re-humanizes us.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree with you. In a way, we're privileged because we have an outlet to channel our frustrations...sometimes I think 'poetry is the only lover who doesn't betray'. sigh. But there are, of course, burdens of writing down these frustrations, thoughts...we have to be accountable for them if they do not stay in the private realm of our expression.


9/21/2007 9:03 PM  

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