In this day-to-day automated existence, too many people skim the surface. It is safer there. Plenty of time is spent skimming, but less purpose and commitment is found there. Less knowing and truthfulness too. Shallow swimming. Shallow breathing. Shallow connections. Shallow living. But in the depths, swim the truth seekers, where things are murky, where one can’t tell if the hand stretched in front of them is their own, or someone else’s.
Some seekers know no other way, for it is in the murkiness where they drew their first breath. Swimming with the masses, fiercely paddling, would be their death. They have learned to relax in the undercurrent, to trust in its changing direction. They are tested by diving deeper, but it is there where life is richer. They do not escape emotion by diving beneath; the deep waters are thick with emotional debris.
Other seekers fall into the deep through life circumstance. With the masses they tried to swim, they tried to fit in, but with the purposeless paddling, they gave up. Sometimes everything. Exhaustion and resignation replaced with truth and understanding.
A special shoutout… I have been enjoying Kym Gordon Moore’s newly released book, We are Poetry: Lessons I Didn’t Learn in a Textbook. It is impressive in both content and presentation. Not surprising given the amazing woman and talented writer Kym is. I look forward to reading more of Moore and writing a proper review but in the meantime, I could not contain my enthusiasm for her poetic project.
Here is a snippet from her press release:
With nontraditional approaches to disrupt the conventional thought processes about poetry, this book uses the platform of storytelling to change the narrative of poetry. It is not your typical chapbook but begins with chapters covering the author’s observations relevant to her poetry experience, interspersed with ninety-eight poems.
We Are Poetry: Lessons I Didn’t Learn in a Textbook is filled with many surprises you would not ordinarily find in a collection of poetry. Learn about the POEMS method of TheraPoetry and the constructional elements of expanding your poetry patois with ArchiPoetry. This book contains several components that serve as an academic complement and is an ideal addition to libraries, giving creative insight into the poetry, revolutionary movement. It functions as a dialogue engineer designed to build and employ the application of poetry in the fight against illiteracy, functional illiteracy, aliteracy, and disparity.
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