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It was Charles Peguy who said, "A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it

from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket." How very true, indeed.

From a young writer who gives us a whimsical glance into life from the perspective of a vegetable to more traditional poetry about nature and love, I attempted to select poetry for this anthology that is

as varied as the writers themselves.

Some of the poets featured here are seasoned writers with a lifetime of experiences and poems behind them. Others are new to the pen and offer a fresh take on the long revered art form that is poetry. Here, you will find the work of both published and previously unpublished writers, all of them with one thing in common: a love for words.

It was my honor to meet, talk to, and correspond with hundreds of poets from around the globe as part of this anthology project. They each possess a unique view of the world. Each taught me something new and allowed me a glimpse into their worlds. It is my hope that their poetry will do the same for readers of Cafe Musings.

Poets featured here hail from three continents and range in age from 18 to 65. Their experiences, authentic voices, and views of the world each take us on different journeys.

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