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In Love with a Poet

Updated on November 27, 2014

White Lies

Let It Flow

Let It Flow
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Love for the written word

As a poet and avid lover of poetry, I love all poets so why don’t they appreciate each other more? I’m not talking about sappy, mushy love, necessarily… (Not this time). As I always figured, if you are a staunch writer of poetry you also love discovering someone elses and if you love reading it then you are intricately inspired by it.

If one is deemed poet then it usually equates with one who is in touch with their sensibilities, an intimate thinker who purges creativity through a pen, brush (instrument of choice).

Sensitivity, Not So Much

However, from my years of personal observation, surprisingly that statement doesn’t seem to hold much truth. Largely, we appear to be more like big blazing, arrogant diva’s, (yeah, the men too) who look down our noses at anyone who doesn’t aspire or produce the written word the way we do.

We also seem to think there are some iron-fisted instructions written on Moses like tablets as to how we should write, time or measure poetry. There are some of us who think all poetry should rhyme and if there is anyone stepping outside those strict lines they should be severely flogged or ostracized.

Aren't those of us who are more experienced suppose to encourage those who are novices, giving them a reason to enhance their skills, developing their own voices?

On a few occasions I have had the privilege of coming head to head with the scathing opinions of these very hard- nosed poet gods and goddesses in my prime. Well let’s just say, they hadn’t met "MZ. ME”!

I would give them as good as I got but not because I disapproved of their poetry because most of the time their were exquisitely skillful but simply because they were using their experience to rain down terror upon the style of my poetry instead of nurturing it.

Winter's Poetry

In the winter of my poetry
In the winter of my poetry | Source

Captain Save a Novice Poet

Protecting the Gifted and Innocent

On the other hand, I am “WARRIOR POETESS”, defender of the innocent; those who are slapped across the nose with the newspaper of uncalled for, cruel judgment from fellow writers.

My personal feelings are, “It ain’t that serious people”…it’s poetry, the language where we should be able to emote and be the original that we are, succinctly relate words with eclectic signature and not be a copy cat of anyone else and not have to apologize for that. I for one am the biggest fan of the fearless, rebel poet who gives you both barrels, unafraid…daring to push the magenta envelope.

Therefore, when I say, “I’m in love with a poet", I speak to the beauty of all poets and their decorative words even the so called least of them.

I will take all of you.

Why not... take all of you ;)


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    • Abluesfornina profile imageAUTHOR

      S Marie 

      4 years ago

      I wrote this because in my experience as a poet, in my earlier years receiving reviews, the veteran poets and some that were not so much seemed to enjoy coming for you rather than taking you under their wing and they were brutal and ugly. You have to grow a tough skin so when I became a so called veteran ( I prefer to continue as a student) I made it a point to go easy and while I truly love uniqueness in poetry, anyone who asked my advice will get an understanding and encouraging response. Anybody :) Thanks for reading tobusiness.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Well said! Writers should nurture and encourage each other and bar a few egotistical individuals , HP is a great place to hone in your poetic skills. There are some wonderful writers here. I have to agree with Jamie, I've learned much from him.

    • Abluesfornina profile imageAUTHOR

      S Marie 

      4 years ago

      Well, we like what we like or prefer SilentMagenta. I have my preferences too but I'm always excited about embarking upon some undiscovered poet and opening up to all styles and forms :). Thanks for reading and liking.

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      4 years ago from South Florida

      I am very guilty of sometimes not appreciating poets who write a good haiku. Im a work in progress in the poetry community. Great hub.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      Amen. Diane Di Prima used to say if you want to get your poetry out there the quickest and easiest way is to form a collective, get to know more poets and use all your strengths together to make stuff happen. We need to learn our art from others who live it and share what we learn or really what is the point? Jamie


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