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Modern Poetry – Human In The Raw

You probably don’t hear much from we poets until this month of April, National Poetry Month. That’s the delicious thing about poetry, it’s still a bit cloaked in mystery.  It’s quietly coloring way outside the lines of regular language where only the wickedly curious and vividly sensual dare go.

There is writing and then there is poetry.  Poetry plays with words, teases them, roughs them up, twists and leverages their power in ways regular language can’t tolerate.

As a writer and a poet, I know this to be true: writing can be foreplay but poems are the climax. You don’t think a poem into existence, you feel it pulse through you until you can’t feel anything else. Poetry is infinitely sexier than most people give it credit for.  I’m not saying poets are sexy, I’m saying poetry is sexy all on its own. (Some poets may be sexy to begin with, their poetry makes them impossibly sexy in this case.)

When poems come through me it’s nothing short of an out of body experience.  Despite what you may have previously thought about poetry, it is not all flowers and rainbows, nor is it all death and destruction.

Poetry is the rawness of everything human.

Poetry is naked vulnerability.

It’s as strong as it is delicate and as close to the stripping of one’s soul as we could ever come with the written word. Poetry is life at its most disarming, jagged and silky; broken up and delectably brought back together.

Poems are where secrets are freed and sins are confessed in raspy, gritty, grounded line after line.  The endearing and punishing thing about poetry is that it can take you anywhere it wants.  The skeleton of a poem can suck every last breath from your throat and then, in the next sliver of a phrase, drop you to your knees or sling you to the heights. Its flesh can have you praising the heavens just before swallowing a millennium of pain, only to deliver the most orgasmic moment of peace.

In celebration of the ruthless art of poetry, here are three poems submitted by our poet contributors.

We hope they rock you in places you never felt before.

Rhythms

there are laws
in you
that you do not
need
to understand
to follow

pulls of the tide
are in you
circumstances of
the stars
in you

rules
like
roots of
monstrous oaks
in you

beyond thinking
incensed
by reason

impossibly

possible

evolutions
through
you

through
rhythms of
the divinity
in you

Written by Allison Conway
~

Doors

The faith in external theories is something I cannot find.
Neither is the escape door from the room of my mind.
The incentive to conform is one that has never been.
Instead there is confidence in the unsure and unseen.
Slowly I will depend on the strength of my feet.
And abandon my search for shelter in the streets.
Soon I will embrace the crooked lines and unlearn to cleave.
And subdue the hatred of places I cannot leave.

Written by Tokoni Uti
~

Cry

cry because it
burns

cry because
it
heals

cry tears full of pain
and for thanks
and forgiveness

cry the worry
cry for peace
cry the exposure
cry belief

rolling salt lakes
drenching rains
all the depths
beyond your pain

let it down
lay it out
it’s not your fault

claim your beauty
shed your shame
reduce your burden
quench your gaze

cry for relief
weep for your
longing
and ache

as heaving as your
darkness
comes the rushing of the Light
flashing like embers
your power
ignites

it is
by crying

in falling
admitting
accepting
leaving
struggling
striving
breathing

that everything in you
that resisted Love
until now
comes
crumbling
crumbling
crumbling
down

cry tears
of the truth
of your strength
splitting ground

Spirit tears
through
humbled
surrender

it is the
birthing of the
Love in you
not the defeat
dripping out
wet on your knees

when it’s so
good it hurts
when it’s so
bad
it hurts
cry for your
sweetness

your
holy release

Written by Allison Conway
~

Why not give poetry a go yourself?  No rules, just write.  It’s easy – just take up your insides and put them on the outside.  Let your inhibitions go!  No one even needs to know but you.

However, if you would like to share your work, I’d love to read your poems.  :)

Comment anytime or email me at longandluxe@gmail.com

 

 

Photo Credit: powerpoetry.org

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