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The Only Reason People Think Poetry Sucks, Is Because Of The Poetry They See Shared

Every poem deserves to be written, but not every poem deserves to be read.


As someone who considers themselves a writer, I find it very disarming to hear confused, or even negative reactions when I say that I enjoy writing poetry. Poetry has been given a bad reputation, especially in more recent years, and people are forgetting what poetry really is. I'm sure every one of you was forced to do some random unit on poetry in a high school English class- writing a haiku on nature, or even an acrostic about Chemistry as teachers tried to implement interdisciplinary learning into their classroom.

This is where you first discovered poetry, and sadly, this is where you realized you hated every bit of it. Another instance that has ruined the way that poetry is perceived is Rupi Kaur and the trend of "InstaPoets." These people write three or four line poems, usually about pain or loss or love, and these poems are nothing but a shallow combination of words that sound like they should belong in poetry. As the most publicized form of poetry, this is the name we give to all poets, and this is why many people think poetry is a joke.

I'm a big believer that every expression of creativity is valid, but not all of it belongs in the limelight.

Recently, I was able to attend a poetry reading in Lexington, and it was the most inspiring event I have attended in my life. I'm not exaggerating. It opened so many doors to what poetry can be and helped me to appreciate the craft so much more than I already did. The reason so many people hate poetry or think it's not "real writing" is we are only exposed to such a shallow and overdone form. Poetry has so much potential, and it has evolved even farther than what it was for the greats like Plath, Kipling, or Hughes. I think everyone forgets that poetry is here to tell a story just as deep as a novel, but so many people don't use it to its full potential. We also forget that poetry can be about more than just heartbreak and abuse.

Some of the best poems I have read have been about the most random things. One of my favorite poems was titled "Elves" by Frank X. Walker, and it was simply about Christmas. The thing that made it so good was the use of creative language and symbolism that just made me feel things more than any Rupi Kaur poem could, and it hinted at a bigger picture that was not immediately evident. True poetry gives you something to think about that you don't always realize at first. It doesn't have to follow a set of rules, a certain format, or any one idea, but it has to be substantial. When the more broadcasted poetry stops being so two-dimensional, then people will be able to recognize what poetry is meant to be.

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10 Things To Do When Feeling Creative

A list of things to do when your creative juices are flowing and you need to put them to good use!

A list of ten things that I do when I'm feeling creative--some ideas for you!

1. Paint

Head to a craft store and purchase some canvases, paint brushes, and paints and paint yourself some unique, beautiful pictures!

2. Slime

Make a plethora of different homemade slimes! This can be super fun and super messy if that's what you're in the mood for!

3. Pottery

There's so much you can do with pottery! You can paint, create, decorate and more! Get yourself some pottery clay and make something awesome!

4. Color

Get a few coloring books and make it a goal to complete every single page!

5. Scrapbook

Scrap-booking is one of my favorite things to do! The best part is, you can literally use anything you want because its so free!

6. Write

Feeling creative with your words? Write a short story, a poem, a song, this is just as creative as any other crafting.

7. Makeup

No matter what some people may say, makeup is definitely art to me. Practice some new looks if you want, or try a new product. Makeup is never supposed to look one certain way! There are no rules with it.

8. Redecorate

Feeling bored with your surroundings and also feeling creative? Rearrange your room, clean up, and redecorate if you want!

9. Shop

New clothes, new style? Try some new looks!

10. Photography

Go out with some friends and take a super cute and fun photo shoot!

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I love the flexibility of it, allowing it to take any form or shape.


The passing strokes glide by each other, each holding hands with their neighboring strokes.

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A girl.

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And as she looks up.

She wonders

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