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I’ve never been a big fan of poetry. The same way I dreaded high school Language Arts units about Greek mythology (sorry, not sorry), I dreaded the weeks we would spend reading poetry that simply did not make sense to my 14-year-old brain. I love writing (I think we all know that by now), but I never found poetry to be something (a) I enjoyed reading and (b) I found release and healing through.
Fast forward a decade and the world of contemporary prose and poetry is dynamic; it may have always been, but I never took the time to discover it. There are dozens and dozens of beautifully gifted writers and poets who share their gifts with the world in powerful ways. (Plus, I might add that most of these writers are female and we love a powerful female voice around here). Thanks to Instagram, it is easy to explore these artists, taste the flavor of their poetry, and relish in the emotions they draw from the pages (or their Instagram feeds).
I recently picked up a copy of The Road Between by Courtney Peppernell – her Instagram is linked here – and was completely awestruck and inspired by her writings (I added some images of some of my favorites below). I am a big Rupi Kaur fan (it’s hard not to be – milk & honey is iconic) and I feel that Courtney’s writing draws from the same profile but has its own unique flavor. There is a rawness and authenticity to it that makes you think and makes you feel, which is exactly what poetry should make you do.
I write this blog and say all this because for the first time in a long time, I feel inspired to try something new and explore something different. I have been racking my brain since the beginning of the year trying to figure out which new creative hobby I would explore in 2020, and I finally decided: I am going to try my hand at poetry. Am I any good? Not particularly. Will the pieces ever grace the light of day? I can’t say for certain. But I am excited to explore it nonetheless.
Thanks for reading and check back soon for more.
Until next time,