“Poetry had undergone a fantastic transformation. Poetry, Shelley says, is “connate with the origin of man,” and “a poet participates in the eternal, the infinite, and the one.” Poetry comprises every creative activity of human nature, including the arts, politics, and science: “The institutors of laws, and the founders of civil society, and the inventors of the arts of life” are all in some sense poets, since they shape reality in the light of their vision. Shelley even speaks of “the poetry in the doctrines of Jesus Christ,” as if Christianity itself were just one enormous poem.
Top 10 lists are a marketer’s click-bait-dream. We consume lists like these because they are easy to digest. Because our time can’t be bothered by more than 10 things chosen arbitrarily at a time.
Oh, how I love them.
“Every day you take a pill. You are unsure what the pill does or where it comes from, but you do know that it is illegal to skip a dose. One day you skip a dose … and terrible things happen.”
How my grandpa inspired me to become a poet.
I’m going to keep writing until I cannot be denied. Until they notice. Until my words fill up every page. Until I’m finished.