What is a Poem?

A poem is the shadow of a plane fleeing over the ground like a cross escaping a church.

–Lawrence Ferlinghetti

This quote, and many other marvelous thoughts on the nature of poetry, is from Ferlinghetti’s book “Poetry as Insurgent Art.” His book was the inspiration for me to try to learn what it means to be a poet and to believe that each of us is a poet when we are still enough to listen and brave enough to record. This journal is dedicated to him and to all the great teachers of this art form.

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