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Quite awhile ago, I stumbled across a podcast interview with poet Jacqueline Suskin. I was going to be interviewed on the show and wanted to listen to another interview on the site to get a feel for the style and flow. The one with poet Jacqueline Suskin looked promising.
Suskin has many amazing credits to her resume, but the one that intrigued me most was her ten year journey with a project she calls Poem Store. She sat out in public place with her manual typewriter and created spontaneous, on-demand poems by donation for people on any subject they request. Over the course of ten years she wrote over 40,000 poems for strangers. And it was how she made her living.
I decided to check out some of her published books and chose to buy one called Every Day is a Poem. In it, writing poetry is used as a way to find clarity and relief. Every day she offers questions and exercises to help you focus your senses. create curiosity and write your own poems. One of the items on my 2021 Bucket List is to challenge my writing by embracing new forms. This 10 day set of exercises focused on poetry was perfect.
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Day 1 - How to make a poem out of awe.In this chapter she talked about embracing awe for everything around us - good and bad - as a way of lifting us up.