I am fascinated with challenging themes. I think poetry can allow us a moment to acknowledge those darker, sadder feelings. Give them their space, so that when finished reading, they surrender that space to lighter, happier feelings. I imagine the soul as a dark, dusty old house. Poetry is the act of throwing back the curtains to allow the cleansing power of light inside.
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