I spent an hour listening to a podcast (On Being with Krista Tippett) with poet Marie Howe last week. I’m not all too familiar with her poetry, and I’m not sure how I even came across this podcast, but I’m grateful for the little twist of fate that pointed me in this direction.
Howe talks about poetry, reads some poems–I especially like the poem Hurry–but more importantly, talks about the power of art in one’s life. She shares advice that was once given to her:
“When you’re very sad, the only thing to do is to go learn something.”
– Merlin to Arthur in The Once and Future King
She also highlights the importance of women being subjects of their own lives as opposed to being objects within them.
A writing project she once gave to her students: Write two lines of what you see. Be present. Don’t write in metaphor.
She discusses how hard it was for them at first, but after some time, they were constantly writing–“seeing” things. I think I’m going to try this exercise for the next few weeks.
I hope you’ll spend some time listening to this inspiring podcast. I’ll close with one last quote from Marie Howe:
Poetry holds what can’t be said.
Who or what has inspired you recently?