lullabies & alarms
the craft and power of poetry
Like lullabies, poems soothe. In a crisis, we turn to poetry because we trust its lullabic1 power.
Like alarms, poems awaken. Poetry can enhance our empathy and our awareness of injustice, erasure, and violence.
Oppressive regimes persecute poets because they fear poetry’s power.
This newsletter will speak to that power—and provide resources for writers wielding it. Topics will include craft, form, aesthetics, voice, privilege, intentions, harm, poetic devices, accessibility, opacity, history, art, music, language, visual art, improvisation, mediumship, revision techniques, mixing forms, and the subconscious, to name a few. I’ll link to powerful poems and writers, and offer exercises and writing prompts.
The free version will be bite-sized, and the paid version will be more in-depth and extensive. Both will contain thoughtful content which I hope will inspire and motivate you.
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