I haven’t had a good quote for Monday in a little while, but here is one for you from a new to me poet, Suheir Hammad. If you ever find yourself wondering what the point of poetry is, here is an answer.
every plane of my life i offered to poetry to make sense of.
hmm…poems don’t make sense.
you learn that too.
the poems teach you.
poems have their own lives.
poems are reason and cause.
poems alchemize pain.
poems become markers of time while living outside it.
poems are story, and people are story.
Good stuff! And that isn’t even a poem, it is part of her introduction to her collection Born Palestinian, Born Black. An excellent book that will give you pause, make you sick to your stomach, bring tears to your eyes, and take your breathe away.