The Once and Future Poet

essays on 25 years of poetry

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012 by Mercy Loomis

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Have you ever written a poem?

I’ll bet you have. Writing poetry is part of our childhood, in school if in nothing else. Through the medium of poetry we explore our world and try to assign some order to the chaos we see and feel. Poetry is a way for us to organize and record our lives, to try and capture something as ephemeral as the beauty of a sunset or the terror of a nightmare.

Most poetry is written for an audience of one. We write poems for school assignments. We write poems to give as gifts. But most of all we write poems just for ourselves. We might share them once they’re done, but in the moment of creation they are intensely personal.

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