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Friday, March 6, 2015

Poetry Pulse


I've noticed something. I haven't written much poetry in many months, but since the challenge started I've written a poem almost everyday. I think this is interesting. I think when the chance to write opens itself up, poetry is my go to. I find this interesting because most of my writing these days is education related, writing related, article related, not poetry related. But, poetry is my love. It is what I breathe whether I write it or not. It is me. I love that this side of me has a place to go. That I can find something each day to write a slice of poetry. It makes me so happy, calms me a bit, makes me feel complete in my imperfection.
I'm reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson right now and pg. 20 keep lingering in my mind. I can't stop thinking about it, 

"Somewhere in my brain
each laugh, tear and lullaby
becomes a memory."

I feel this poem. I feel this verse. It is the core of me and has been for a long time. And here it is, on these pages, resonating in my mind and heart.


15 comments:

  1. Wow - This is a powerful post. Your quote is magnificent, and helps me understand why we humans often are driven to write.

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  2. Wow - This is a powerful post. Your quote is magnificent, and helps me understand why we humans often are driven to write.

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  3. I turn to poetry often, too. I was looking back in past notebooks trying to find ideas for sol and found lots of poetry. Loved Brown Girl Dreaming!

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  4. I need to reread that book and let the words seep into my being as I write this month. Perhaps some of her magic will rub off on me.

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  5. I love anything by Jacqueline Woodson. When I read the quote it made me realize why the children I have with such bad home lives are so damaged.

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  6. Poetry is not my go-to, but whenever I have my writer's notebook out in front of me, it seems to spring off my pen. Thanks for the inspiration from Jacqueline Woodson!

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  7. Poetry is not my go-to, but whenever I have my writer's notebook out in front of me, it seems to spring off my pen. Thanks for the inspiration from Jacqueline Woodson!

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  8. Lovely post, Betsy. I'm also loving Brown Girl Dreaming!

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  9. I would never have said poetry was my go to but I've been noticing how often it is becoming my go to. Maybe you are rubbing off in me. ;)

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  10. When I can get to the place in me that is poetry, I find the self I like best. It's just hard to get there sometimes. Thank you for inspiring the poet-voice.

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  11. When I can get to the place in me that is poetry, I find the self I like best. It's just hard to get there sometimes. Thank you for inspiring the poet-voice.

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  12. "I feel this poem." What a powerful line, coming from you. I felt Brown Girl Dreaming, too. So many parts of it.

    I'm glad I'm part of the community that is your go-to for poetry. I love reading your poems.

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  13. To discover the power of poetry running like a thread through your life is a wonderful discovery. The world needs its poets to each play a part. So, let the words ring out. Let the poet inside you sing Betsy..Go trap some rainbows in a jar....

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  14. To discover the power of poetry running like a thread through your life is a wonderful discovery. The world needs its poets to each play a part. So, let the words ring out. Let the poet inside you sing Betsy..Go trap some rainbows in a jar....

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