Poem inspirations

Sesame Street has my toddler totally entranced. They clearly know what they’re doing. ;-p I’m taking advantage of getting to sit quietly with my kiddo to read some poems and essays on poetry.

I’m really entranced by this lovely piece by Alberto Ríos:

Poems are not stories, after all. Poems are the fire that stories explain.

Some Thoughts on the Integrity of the Single Line in Poetry

Also, a poem I’ve been thinking about lately is “There will come soft rains”. It starts like a pretty, enchanting, nature poem. Yet it also has a deeper pessimistic/optimistic message about the future of humankind. It has me wanting to try to achieve that blend of nature imagery and significance.

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