In my ongoing search for justification, vindication, or to put it blunt: permission to write, I just stumbled across some very wise words by Gregory Orr:
As a poet, I’ve always hated that poetry often intimidates people. May people I know feel that poetry is a test they can only pass if they are smart enough or sensitive enough and most fear they will fail. Many refuse the test altogether – never read poetry – for fear of failure.
Somehow something has gone wrong with poetry in our culture. We have lost touch with its purpose and value, and in doing so, we have lost contact with essential aspects of our own emotional and spiritual lives.
There is something special about poetry (…), but it is not what most people think. It’s not that poetry is written by very intelligent people or very sensitive people and is appreciated only by others of equal intelligence and sensitivity. What’s special is quite the opposite of this elitist notion of poetry. What’s special is that poetry is written down or composed in every culture on the planet at this moment – …