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Lexington Poetry Month
Beyond the margins of the self
article by
Jennifer Barricklow

Poetry is a river; many voices travel in it; poem
after poem moves along in the exciting crests and falls of the river
waves. None is timeless; each arrives
in an historical context; almost
everything, in the end, passes. But the desire
to make a poem, and the world’s willingness to receive
it—indeed, the world’s need of it—
these never pass.

(found poetry from A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver, p. 9)

4 responses to “Beyond the margins of the self”

  1. Gaby Bedetti says:

    Thanks for this apt fit to lexpomo as well as all writing.

  2. Luanne says:

    Beautifully done.

  3. Mary Allen says:

    Appreciated. Especially title and first line.

  4. Thank you all for commenting! I was taken by the wave imagery and the suggestion that poems and/or poets are surfers, or poems are boats that carry poets and/or readers, or something. I’m delighted to hear some of the things that caught your own attention.

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