Yours are dead words

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After February’s Post-It Note Poetry, I’ve felt invigorated to keep working on my poetry and learning more about the craft of poetry. To that end I’m trying to write a poem a week. I hope, by the end of the year, I will half enough decent poetry to put together in a small collection and sell as an online e-chapbook.

This week’s poem is about philosophy, or, more precisely, the failure of philosophy to square with reality. I recently went to a reading by a poet who enthusiastically embraced philosophy and literary theory in her work. While I enjoyed talking with her, I left feeling naggingly empty. I realized later that it was because I am a realist: I see and report what I see as a writer. I try to understand reality as I see it. I don’t go after things which are rooted in the world of thought.

So I wrote a poem about it.

#PINP17 Day 28

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So, here it is. My last poem for Post-It Note Poetry for this year.



I am but a passenger

On the back of this world.


I’ve really enjoyed writing a poem a day. It gave me permission to write poetry in the first place, something I’ve been scared to do because poetry is hard y’all. It tested my ability to be concise. And it was a wonderful practice in general. Also, I got to read other people’s awesome poems. 🙂

I had such a good time with this I am thinking of challenging myself to write a poem a week for the rest of this year. It would give me more practice writing poetry, that’s for sure.