As I listened to Melinda read her own poem and those of Mary Oliver, Jane Kenyon and Jane Hirshfield, I felt new ideas stirring and the desire to write poetry rekindled. After a short interactive session, Melinda assigned three short exercises which many of us shared.
Food for further thought...
- "Poetry is eating all my problems." (A little girl from the Poetry in School program in California)
- Read Amy Bloom's article, "Why Poetry Can Save Your Life?" (Oprah, December 2006)
- Poetry is a container for both strong and mixed feelings.
- Poetry acknowledges the inconsolable while giving comfort.