“Finding Poetry in Our Lives” by Mary-Kelly

Poetry is all around us. From the orange that colors the sky during a sunset or the piercing pain that one feels from a tragedy, to even the dull and utterly boring silence of a math classroom. Everything has a poem for it. It is the outlet for human emotion arranged in a rhythmic structure. Once all of the pieces are put together it’s like magic. It is unlike any other form of writing out there, it is truly unique.
I think just by those first few lines you can put two and two together that poetry is my favorite writing form. We have finally reached the month of April, aka National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). A great way to bring out that inner poet that is in all of us. Do you remember the large uproar with the picture of the dress? Some people saw the dress as blue and black, while others saw it as white and gold. There was an ongoing debate as to what the real color of the dress was. Isn’t that so strange? How everyone was looking at the same picture yet there was a split as to what they saw? For some reason, this reminds me of how we analyze poetry. A piece could mean something to one person, but it could also mean something completely different to someone else. It’s the same piece, but two people received a different message or come up with a different interpretation. I find this to be utterly fascinating.
There is a common assumption that one must be broken in order to write poetry. That’s at least what I had thought as a young writer. I thought I had to be fallen into a deep depression or haunted by inner demons in order to write quality poetry. This is certainly not the case. You do not have to be broken in order to call yourself a poet.
Poetry can be found in sadness and joy, darkness and light, night and day; it can be found anywhere. Our lives are full of it. How and where we find it makes it all the more meaningful. It expresses where we are in the here and now. If one tries too hard to put themselves in a negative space in order to write something, they are going down an unhealthy path. Perhaps you are in a dark time right now, or things are unusually joyful, or you are kind of in the middle ground. No matter where you are, poetry can be used a guide or a way to release feelings that have been closed up, no matter what kind of feelings these may be.
I would suggest doing some research on different types of poetry to find formats that will best help you express yourself. This is the month to really dig deep into this genre so don’t be afraid to use this opportunity to explore and play around with this beautiful writing form. The world is your canvas. It is up to you.
Good luck to all NaPoWriMo participants!

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Posted on April 4, 2018, in Editorial Board Essay, NaPoWriMo, Student Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Gabrielle Lovell

    Thank you so much for this Mary-Kelly! I love all of the advice and its so inspirational!!! Thank you for writing this, good luck to you too!!! 🙂

  2. “There is a common assumption that one must be broken in order to write poetry.”
    Absolutely! I too learned about this as a young writer at my summer writing camp. Everybody in my class for the most part wrote about depression or brokenness–while those are topics one can certainly write about, they are NOT the sole source of poetry, nor should they be. I used to try to force myself into the negative space you described, and it didn’t feel like me, it didn’t feel authentic. Everyone, please be your authentic self when you create! Don’t try to pretend, don’t give in to what other people say about who you should be in order to write. You are YOU and that is enough to write, whether it be poetry or anything. The spoken word poetry you see on YouTube is not the only poetry that exists (obviously lol).
    Fantastic essay, Mary-Kelly! Exactly what we need to read

  3. Nicely said, Mary Kelly! Cannot wait to read everyone’s poems. 🙂

  4. This is an excellent piece, Mary-Kelly and I could not agree more!

  5. Bridget Bishop

    Awesome

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