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February 15, 2013


I honestly prefer the unvarnished truth about my poems. I want to know if they don't do their job, reaching the reader and creating a conversation. Without that criticism, my poems would be a waste of time for me.

Incredible ideas!

"Art has to sustain and forgive the revelation."--I love this.

Poetry paints transformations of emotion
like gleaming torch that illuminates path
of stumbling feet through maze of hope to live
beyond walls of fear and find garden of fruit.

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What a week of blogging! What a stellar, beautiful, profound, well-written week! Thanks for this, Sarah; this really was a look at mind and heart, and truly generous of you.

There are so many gems in this piece, Sarah, but I most appreciate the idea that "life has to change for art to go on." I tend to lament change, especially the kind that leads to less writing, but as you suggest, those silences are necessary to art. And you've hit on a real challenge in gaging our own poetry -- who do we choose to listen to, and how do we choose? Thank you for a week of thought-provoking posts.

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