Re: Re: Is Poetry for Cowards?

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hannah_ellie
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I don’t see how one can be compared to the other with the intent of establishing which is better. That’s like comparing Cat Stevens to Anton Rubinstein. Both are powerful and moving, and both have written some crap.

When I know I have something inside I need to write but can’t quite get it out, I’ll sometimes post a LiPo poem or a Sophie Hannah gem at the top of my page. I’m not a poet, but I am moved by the words and rhythm, or the sometimes lack of the latter.

I think more people don’t read poetry because they aren’t exposed to good poetry which uses words and phrases that engage our understanding of the English language.

Billy Collins
Mary Oliver
Sophie Hannah

The above all write in a way that reads with ease.