Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thoughts - October 16, 2016

"you have a poem to offer/ it is made of action" - Juan Felipe Herrera. Poet Laureate, USA.
I've always been fascinated with the poet laureates, those men and women chosen for their ability to bring beauty, clarity, and a vividness to what surrounds us. They are masters of words, turning them into road signs for the rest of us to follow. Poets have been around basically forever, and for good reason. We need reminders that each of us has a poem to offer and we need to reveal it through our actions. I sat against a tree this summer at Chautauqua and listened and watched the poet Billy Collins, who was our poet laureate a decade or so ago. He made me laugh until tears. That's an action I find most enjoyable! - Beth Almond Ford

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