@hungrycelestial Readin poetry can create new neural pathways in tha brain. Tha act of perceivin new information creates a connection (which could b as simple as seein a metaphor & realizin
how tha two objects are connected).
Honesty & tryin to find new ways of expression wit language & form are hand-in-hand. They do not oppose each other as goals. I’m not gona tell aspiring poets 2 stay close to what everyone else has done; because the truth is that every good poet has introduced somethin “new,” somethin refurbished, a way of looking at tha world, or God, or Lov, Etc., like we never had before we’d read em.
Our favorite poets shape us. Their words register wit us Because they are “new” to our brain & 2 our understanding. This is not a encouragement 2 become a “fad” or “niche” poet; nor for anyone to narrow themselves for tha sake of “looking”/“sounding” New at tha expense of authenticity of self.
This is an encouragement 2 b curious about language; 2 seek new forms, new means of language & expression, new ways to connect me-2-you & you-2-me thru only 12 lines. That’s what poetry is about. Connection.
There is joy in findin new ways to express oneself. It’s a positive process. It demonstrates tha flexibility & fluidity of language itself. Also, like.. if we historically wrote as dogs, never wit any exercise of play, then some of tha greatest poems in literary history mite not exist or mite look different. We must play wit our language. Stretch it. Crush it. Take an old word & Re-shape it, till its new. That’s our right as poets, & mayb even our responsibility, 2 push tha limit of language where poetry is concerned.
So, like. Anyways