What Poetry Means to Me

The power of poetry accomplishes so much. It keeps us mindful, helps us heal, and allows us to share so much. In spite of Covid’s restrictions that continue to confine us, poetry breaks down barriers and offers us wide expanses to explore.

Poetry can be celebration, it can be extended lament or a personal song. Poetry is nature, decay, and reconstruction. Poetry offers precision or mere suggestion. Poetry has many horizons. Poetry, for me, is joy.

By Carole Mertz

I am a graduate of Oberlin College and the author of Color and Line, a full-length collection of ekphrastic and other poetry. (Kelsay Books, 2021). In 2019 Prolific Press published my chapbook Toward a Peeping Sunrise. I am Book Review Editor at Dreamers Creative Writing. My essays, poems, and reviews are published in literary journals in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Africa, and India.

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