The sheer volume of poetry audio files online is staggering and a very positive development, says Murphy. Sometimes, without a single word, it can change the entire rhythm and meaning of the poem itself. He usually eschews capitalization in his proto-text message poetry, wrapping frequent asides in parentheses and leaving last lines dangling on their pages, period-less.
Poetry is perhaps a more effective stress relief than working out or meditating because it forces you to express your feelings through words, which helps you not only understand your feelings but also communicate them more effectively.
Unfortunately, a good number of social justice issues are not able to be solved overnight, much less within a few years. Reading it logically results in an overall comprehension, rigid and unchanging.
There are poems that have, literally, changed my life, because they have changed the way I looked at and listened to the world; there are poems that, on repeated reading, have gradually revealed to me areas of my own experience that, for reasons both personal and societal, I had lost sight of; and there are poems that I have read over and over again, knowing they contained some secret knowledge that I had yet to discover, but refused to give up on.
The mere fact that any person moving about the world can stumble upon your art and recognize something in it that reminds them of their own humanity; this act of reciprocal aesthetic experience enriching the lives of people alone makes creating art worthwhile for many artists of varying forms.
I am not their counsellor, but I am happy to try and offer up some poetry to cheer them.
Erin Murphy, professor of English at Penn State Altoona, says the drive to explore and express our lives through poetry remains despite vast changes in society and technology. The poets are judged both on the quality of the poetry and on the skill of their recitation.
That idea grew up into something more.