Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.

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The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems

…poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives.

As they become known and accepted by us, our feelings and the honest exploration of them become sanctuaries and spawning grounds for the most radical and daring of ideas. They become a safe-house for that difference so necessary to change and the conceptualization of any meaningful action.

by Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992)
from Sister Outsider (1984)
Poetry is not a luxury

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2 Responses to “Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.”

  1. April Says:

    “For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes to be let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.”
    Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook

    I’m glad you’re back!!!!!

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    Thank you!

    Oh, my. Mary Oliver’s “A Poetry Handbook” and Stephen King “On Writing” would both be good quoteables for this site.

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