Poetry is one of the oldest forms of writing in existence. It has been the go-to for both writers and avid-readers in need of a way to express themselves, clear their heads, and share thoughts that can’t always be easy to share since the beginning of time, and, with such a rise in modern poets hitting the big time and making waves in the press, it’s right now as popular and relevant as ever. Yay, poets! Yay, poems! Yay, poetry!
Here are seven of my favorite quotes from modern poets for the days when you’re feeling down and need a little help getting back on your feet:
“We are more than the worst thing that’s ever happened to us. All of us need to stop apologizing, for having been to hell and come back breathing.”
—Clementine von Radics, Broken (buy Dream Girl now)
“let me say right now for the record,
I’m still gonna be here
asking this world to dance,
even if it keeps stepping on my holy feet.
You, you stay here with me, okay?
You stay here with me”
—Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase (buy HEY GALAXY now)
“I want to live so densely. lush. and slow in the next few years, that a year becomes ten years, and my past becomes only a page in the book of my life.”
—Nayyirah Waheed, salt. (buy salt. now)
“When I meet you, in that moment, I’m no longer a part of your future. I start quickly becoming part of your past. But in that instant, I get to share your present. And you, you get to share mine. And that is the greatest present of all.
—Sarah Kay, Hiroshima (buy All Our Wild Wonder now)
“time never stops, but does it end? and how many lives
before take-off, before we find outselves
beyond ourselves, all glam-glow, all twinkle and gold?”
—Tracy K. Smith, Life on Mars (buy Wade in the Water: Poems now)
“You will come away bruised.
You will come away bruised
but this will give you poetry.”
—Yrsa Daley-Ward, Bone (buy The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir now)
“And I say:
“Okay, so maybe I don’t fear the sky
Maybe I fear the alone my body will feel when the sky decides to let me go”
And she takes her hand off my chest,
holds it up against the window, pushes it real deep
And she says:
“Look at this. Look at this, child.
From up here, everything pure and white
Is magnificent and unbreakable and holy
From up here, we all have such amazing bones”
—Hanif Abdurraqib, Dig those sunsets, pony (buy They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us now)
Feature Image via Layla Eats Books For Breakfast