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All poets are insane

You cannot argue with my position.

By Mahar SbPublished 8 months ago 3 min read
All poets are insane
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de Limón is a shining beacon in a gloomy period. Her great emotional honesty is only surpassed by her sharp observation of the natural world. She states in The Hurting Kind, her latest collection of poems, that "I like to call things like they are" and that "for now all I want is a story of human goodness." Nowadays, "nothing is usual now even when everything is ordinary," as Limón puts it, which is a well-known sentiment. "Is my hidden labour, to be worthy of...this limitless conversation where everything is interesting because you point it out and say, Isn't that interesting?" she asks in one of dher poems.

The idea of people who were mentally ill but didn't know it terrified Edgar Allen Poe. These are some of the most dangerous individuals one might ever meet. Edgar Allen Poe was a highly gloomy storyteller who wrote a number of well-known poems, including "The Raven," "The Black Cat," "Annabel Lee," "Eldorado," "Tamerlane," etc. He was a highly captivating writer. Until a few years after his tragic passing, few people actually acknowledged his contributions. He is currently one of the most well-known writers and one of the many authors studied in schools. Poe's fear of the mad, which many people are unaware of, has long been a source of curiosity. the mad person who had no idea they were.

How did he want us to know, though? In penning "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart," he provided us with some hints. He acted as the narrator in those poems while portraying a crazy person. Many individuals simply read without noticing that. In the poem "The Tell-Tale Heart," a man acts so composed that everyone wants to believe he is not insane. Later, he became so disgusted with his friend's visage that he wanted to murder him. This indicates to us that although the narrator appears to be a normal person on the outside, he is actually a profoundly mad individual. As an illustration, he writes in the poem "The Tell-Tale Heart": "If still, you think me crazy, you will no longer believe this after I explain the careful measures I took to hide the body. Limón follows the beauty of knowledge as we age by taking into account the transition from youthful brilliance to protective concealment. Limón creates a suspended grace by balancing the all-too-human matter of our existence within the splendor of nature.

She is a native of California who lived in New York City for 12 years before relocating to Lexington, Kentucky. She has continuously released six collections of poems since 2006 and is a dynamic and enthusiastic champion for poetry. The Carrying (2018) earned the National Book Critics Circle poetry prize, and Bright Dead Things (2015) was a finalist for a National Book Award. She has since taken on the role of host for the well-known podcast The Slowdown.

The Hurting Kind expands on the themes of loss and shelter, infertility, and interdependence that The Carrying discovered by examining the healing relationships between human life and the natural environment. The poems address vulnerability and sadness in an unexpected and destructed environment.

Limón and I spoke last month via Zoom in her hotel room in Philadelphia as she was getting ready to present at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference. We talked about a variety of topics, including writing beyond fear and anxiety, a desire for longevity, a healthy skepticism of simple solutions, a more inclusive concept of family, and our mutual love of nature. Our conversation was mixed with both laughter and tears.

This is the long game when everything feels so weighty. Right? Poetry requires patience. Life is an extended game. A long game, love. It is larger than I am. In that instant of understanding that the planet plays a long game, urgency somewhat fades away.

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