Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance. ~John Keats
I've had an obsession with poetry as long as I can remember.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have been pouring over old, leather-bound volumes, lost in the elegance of the poetic word.
I don't know why the deep and extremely graceful words of poetry have caught my heart the way they have since my youth. It's not something I can really explain, any more than I can explain my love of chocolate or horse-hair paintbrushes.
Maybe it's the openness.
Poetry has an intimacy that prose simply cannot touch.
A strange sort of melodic power unlike any other written form.
It's curious, really.
Prose, the telling of story or the recording of facts in a narrative fashion...it has a magic all its own. But poetry...the incredible flow from line to line, the whisper of thoughts and dreams once hidden, now laid bare.
Both are magic. Both are intimate.
But only one
Can break the rules,
Change the game
And still hypnotize
The smell of ink is intoxicating to me - others may have wine, but I have poetry. ~Terri Guillemets