When life gets me down, I take refuge in poetry.
I read a poem every day, first thing in the morning for a long time now, and like one of those fragrance diffusers, this practice perfumes my days. Today’s poem was One Art by Elizabeth Bishop. I love her work, but this one in particular is an old favorite because of how it marries a universal experience of loss to defiance and positive affirmation.
There might be deadlines, dental appointments, news of deaths and devastation, but this practice of reading poetry keeps a calm center to each day, and guides me back home within myself when I go to bed.
Reading a poem a day is magical sustenance for me, an absolute essential for the writing life, filled as it is with its ups and downs, ecstasies and disappointments.
Do you read or write poetry? What poem has resonated with you? In the comments, could you list a poem or two that you think I should read?
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