I have always loved to write and read poetry. Fun fact: I wrote a poem in 5th grade that won a top 10 prize for all students in my age bracket in the Southwest, and it was published in a legit poetry anthology. I'm still super proud of that (and I actually have it mostly memorized...) even though I'm so glad my writing (and rhyming) skills have improved since then.
The longer I'm a writer, the more I gravitate towards things that feel real and genuine, the words that feel gritty and messy and raw. I want to edit less and feel more deeply. Often, when I find myself writing poetry, it's a total overflow of the emotions I'm feeling, and I want to leave the words just like that.
I'll share them with you here, in total vulnerability and as much courage as I can muster.
Don’t be intimidated by poetry! I guarantee you can find something here that speaks to you. I’m sharing a bunch of my favorite books of poetry, as well as a list of favorite poets I crowdsourced on Instagram. Let’s start the RAD Reading Challenge strong!
a poem for the disconnection that comes hand in hand with depression
a poem about gratitude, and how it turns everything into more than enough
There are certain authors that I have latched onto deeply in my life, devouring every word they write, following their work closely, and finding myself impacted immensely by their writing. Wendell Berry is near the top of that list for me
Let's try a new thing, shall we? One common thread or theme, and four books with slightly different flavors. A bookish flight of four, if you will.
Over it all, grace. In it all, intentionality. Throughout it all, love.
a poem about identity, self-image, and growth
poem 002 in my 2018 series of freewrite poetry
Here's to vulnerability, courage, and being real with my story in new ways this year.
My favorite season is in full swing (even if the temps are still too warm for my liking) and I'm making plans to savor every bit of it.