Poetry is above all…

a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.   -Adrienne Rich

Poetry is above all a stirring up of notions, inviting a writer to look for long periods of time at everything or most things, to watch life slowly, bubble and pill, like the surface stories of wool. Poetry is a figuring, a blurring, a sharpening of the senses, like gray sketches filled in with dark lines, details, and the mysteries of life rubbing at the center of truths and beautiful lies.


Sometimes quotes give us pathways to walk or write, traces to poems, essays, passages, conversations that are meaningful. I invite you to think about, finish Adrienne Rich’s line with your own writing: Poetry is above all…



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5 Comments on “Poetry is above all…”

  1. March 15, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    Hello Dionne. :) Poetry for me today is a plea for love, for joy, for mercy and for immortality. I just added this line to my About page. Because poetry is what I do. So thank you so very much for inspiring these words to come out of me. :)

    • March 15, 2014 at 7:39 am #

      Hi there Nomzi. Poetry as a plea, a creative plea for love, joy, mercy… I like that notion. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on poetry and for writing and sharing your poems with us. I too write a lot of poetry and love what poems bring to our lives. Glad this Adrienne Rich quote inspired you to add it to your “about page”. Spreading ideas, inspiration, thoughts…is what this is all about!

      • March 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

        Precisely :) I will certainly have a look at your poems Dionne. :)

  2. March 14, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    “Poetry is above all… You!!”
    (in my humble opinion) :)

    • March 14, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      Flattery will get you everywhere Rivera! Thank you for your genuine support and active and creative voice at “lifeandwrite”. I appreciate knowing you are out there reading and connecting through this blog my fellow writer and poet. : )

      Ok, ok, sentiments aside, back to the topic at hand, we’re not done writing yet. Poetry is above all… You finish it and see what you come up with.

      Until next time…

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