In Support of My Community
I’ve been thinking a lot this year about giving back, supporting others, and lifting my fellow poets. I want my 2020 to be a year that ends with reflections of accomplishment, the value that I have provided my community, and yes, the support I have given them.
In short, I want to “make it count.”
This week I launched a new series on my Substack newsletter called Through the Eyes of a Poet. The idea is to share personal stories in interview style of the lives and work of other poets. I hope to draw attention to their work and lift their spirits as poets.
Because poetry, my friends, is important.
It is not the easiest thing to see the world through a poet’s eyes. It can be overwhelming, heavy, emotional…but still, it is a gift.
I invite you to follow along with a series that I am sharing primarily to Fiddleheads & Floss Blog. Here are the first few featured poets in the series.
Please give their posts a view and read. Each one of these poets has something beautiful to bring to our community and I feel that is worth celebrating.
The first featured poet in the “Through the Eyes of a Poet” Series is Nikki H. Rose.
Nikki has a beautiful way of transforming relatable human emotion into enjoyable poetry. She had this to say (which a lot of us writers can relate to): “I tend to focus my poetry on specific emotions more than stories, granted they are often linked together. My goal and vision for my writing is to make it relatable. I want everyone who reads it to get something out of it — to see themselves in it — to feel something.”
I miss your laugh
as it reverberated around me
humming deep within.
— Nikki H. Rose ( Read the full poem on P.S. I Love You)
I enjoyed featuring Nikki, her thoughts on poetry, and a couple of her beautiful poems.
If you would like to read Nikki’s story you can read her feature at: Featured Poet: Nikki H. Rose.
The second featured poet in the series is Sam H Arnold.
Poetry is a beautiful extension of Sam’s caring nature. Though her life led her into teaching, Sam learned that poetry wasn’t far removed. One particular poem of Sam’s expresses her nurturing nature beautifully, as she brings the story of her grandmother’s dementia into poetry:
Her soul I know left years ago
the shell remains even though
I cry tears of anger and of woe,
Fly free my wise old owl and go.
– The Dementia of a Soul, by Sam H. Arnold
I enjoyed the conversation with Sam, discovered common reading and writing interests, and got to know a new poet friend through this experience.
If you would like to read Sam’s story you can read her feature at: Featured Poet: Sam H. Arnold.
The third poet in the series is is Lora K Lucente.
Lora found her way to poetry through music. Her love for deep and meaningful lyrics led her to poetry quite naturally. (We share some of the same favorite bands, I learned.) Lora brings that love for lyrical words and deep stories to the poetry that she now writes. One of her poems turns personal tragedy into poetry, quite beautifully:
I thought of you that day,
The moment the red pierced the vale of life.
I once had dreams for you,
You once held a hope within me.
— Lora K. Lucente, Living With Miscarriage and Infertility
If you would like to know more about this poet, you can read her Through the Eyes of a Poet feature at: Featured Poet: Lora K. Lucente.
I hope that you take interest in getting to know these poets, their stories, their work, and show them a bit of support. You can follow the Through the Eyes of a Poet series on my Author Newsletter. Thanks for reading!