What is Your Passion?

Jane, wanted to share new updates. Lucinda

Poetry Matters Project Ltd.

Speaking as one poet to another, may I ask you a personal question?

 WHAT IS YOUR PASSION?

If your hasty response is something like HAIKU or even POETRY in general, I’d say you’re not being honest with yourself. Your passion is the subject that inspires your best work, and it is often ephemeral. And while there are hundreds of famous passion poems such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How do I love thee sonnet, great poems have been sparked by much baser things. Just ask Marcel Proust about his Madeleine, Carl Sandberg about Arithmetic or Ted Kooser about a Tatoo.

Some of my most successful poems were inspired by a house demolition, a disabled vet and my favorite season, yet none of them sparked a collection. Try as I might, I can’t write a satisfactory four-season cycle of poems because I only feel passionate about autumn. My day job, however, is…

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