Laurence Overmire


The Truth About Poetry - Poem by Laurence Overmire

Poetry is not a certain this or a certain that.
With or without rhyme. Beat or academic.
Uplifting or depressing.
Accessible or obscure.

Poetry is all.

At its heart, simply, a condensed form.
Free to violate the strict rules of prose.
Free to explore the subterranean
Passage of mind and soul.

We must allow it to be
Whatever it needs to be.
Only then will we realize
The vitality of its song.


(Previously published in The Poet's Porch, Aug.2000)


Comments about The Truth About Poetry by Laurence Overmire

  • Geoff Warden (1/15/2007 2:08:00 PM)

    So vry true Thank you for this................... (Report)Reply

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  • Jean Marie Baker (1/15/2007 1:54:00 PM)

    true. how very true. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 15, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 25, 2010


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