Yes, words. Specifically, words that have the innate power to move mountains and crush glass hearts. Poetry.
On week numero dos in the journey of finding out what all this is about, I introduce to you my essential list of poetry!
- I Went to the Woods… by Henry David Thoreau
“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Okay. I cheated right off the bat. This isn’t really a poem; it’s an excerpt from Mr. Thoreau’s Walden. But, this poem/excerpt/blurb is written quite beautifully and has become one of my life’s mantras.
2. A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me by Derrick Brown
Derrick Brown is one of my favorite poets to date. He is one of the people that sucked me into the wonderful art of spoken word. Here are some other utterly amazing poems of his: Meatloaf and Church of the Broken Axe Handle.
3. B by Sarah Kay
Miss Kay’s words are so elegantly beautiful. They aren’t as power punchy as Derrick’s but they have that growing warmth that make you feel all… nice (for lack of a better word. But I mean nice in the most amazing way possible).
4. Mockingbird Remix by Rives
This poem is so cleverly worded. So much so that it makes me cry because of how genius and multi-emotionally faceted it is. Witty yet deep, funny yet profound; Rives puts into words exactly how much sound, music, and simplicity means to me.
5. Shake the Dust by Anis Mojgani
Come closer. Anis Mojgani has a way of pulling you in with his deeply relatable words. Some of y’all might have heard Shake the Dust; it is one of his most famous poems. It’s easy to see why: it speaks to the underdogs. It gives hope to those of us that feel like we can’t.
6. The Information Man by Buddy Wakefield
To me, this poem is all about discovery. Discovering where you’re going, discovering what you believe in, discovering yourself. What I love about this is that he doesn’t act like he has all the answers. Buddy’s a dude on a journey to finding where this all leads just like the rest of us, therefore making this poem the perfect anthem for this blog.
Okay then, I hope at least one of these poems spoke to you in some way or form. May you have an amazing existence.