Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Poetry’s strength lies in its ability to shed a “sideways” light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. No question about it. Poetry teaches us how to live. Poetry is like the Windex on a grubby car window—it bares open the vulnerabilities of human beings so we can all relate to each other a little better. You know how I’m a flag-waving advocate of poetry and I’m so thrilled to feature fellow poet Lidy Wilks on my blog today. Lidy’s new book, Can You Catch My Flow? is now available and she stopped by to share why poetry is important to her and to give away her books (more details at the end of this post).
Why is poetry important to our world today? If you turn on the TV, you can probably see why. Yes, it’s mostly a ratings war that portrays the world we live in today as ugly, chaotic, violent and without mercy. That we’re living in a fractured world.
Poetry, if we let it and embrace it, can offer us a way to empathize with one another. In its immediacy, poetry is a counselor helping us to understand one another. Leading us away from hate to love, from violence to mercy and pity.
I’ve said it once before that poetry is a bridge. An immediate path to becoming better people and being the change in the world. Creating a world less about tearing each other down and apart, and more about coming together. Helping us to realize that we’re not as different as we think. And despite our differences, we are not alone in our grief, pain, joy or happiness.
Reading and writing poetry is the greater good. Whose benefits are the rebuilding and forging a more connected and caring world.
From Alice: As we move toward April and National Poetry Month, think about how you can sprinkle more poetry into your life. It could be reading a poem a day; it could be taking a poetry workshop, it could be checking out a classic poetry collection from the library or it could be you attending a poetry reading at your local bookstore or coffee shop. The point is, poetry is everywhere–YOU just have to find it!
Can You Catch My Flow? captures the everyday ordinary events of the human condition in poetic snapshots. No matter the walks of life, the reader is sure to find themselves within the lines.
“Lidy’s poetry reveals an understanding that deep meaning can be felt in the details. Her poetry portrays a range of topics from the pressures to conform to societal expectations, friendship, monarch butterflies, partying, insomnia, and the quest for peace…just to name a few. Enjoy!”
–Shelah L. Maul
How to Get a Copy of Lidy’s New Poetry Book
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You can purchase her book on Amazon HERE
Can You Catch My Flow? was born on the idea of my poetry writing history. How much my poetry has changed from when I first started writing poetry until now. But then a curious thing happened. That idea grew up into something more. That’s what we do everyday, we grow up. And now Can You Catch My Flow? captures the everyday experiences of growing up. Is a coming of age, short poetry chapbook.
About the Author:
Ever since she was young, Lidy Wilks was often found completely submerged in the worlds of Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew. She later went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, from Franklin Pierce University, where she spent the next four years knee deep in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction workshops.
Lidy is the author of Can You Catch My Flow? a poetry chapbook and is a member of Write by the Rails. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two children. And an anime, book and manga library, she’s looking to expand, one day adding an Asian drama DVD collection. Lidy continues her pursuit in writing more poetry collections and fantasy novels. All the while eating milk chocolate and sipping a glass of Cabernet. Or Riesling wine.
Here’s how you can connect to Lidy: