[Poem a Day] “For Things Unearned”

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Not sure what to say about this one. I still think poetry is a place where suffering is fashionable, lived or not, and while I think that there’s nothing wrong with exploring notions of pain and hurt through creative work, I think that there’s a way to do it that comes across as disingenuous.

It may also be a way that’s thriving in a way that unsettles me right now, but I’m equally as unsure to say anything about it. I don’t have any stake in the matter, nor do I have any kind of authority over who has a greater right to write about some things over others.

I will say that if you don’t really personally feel a particular thing in your writing – if you only know the fringes, and haven’t wrapped your head around it fully – it will show.

Be careful.

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