Tuesday Tidbits #80


Welcome to the limited series, Tuesday Tidbits. A collection of quotes to provide inspiration, determination, and elevation. I hope you find something that brightens your day!


Reading the old masters of poetry reveals, not only the evolution of language, but our own anthropology, the rise of man.

Many writers start with a want for self-discovery. A desire to see themselves more clearly. And this need pushes their souls upon the page. Though beautiful when it happens, it is somewhat secondary when a reader is connected to it by the parts they recognize in themselves.

Individually, paper and ink have little value. But when combined, by a practitioner devoted to the craft, they become priceless.

I, at times, struggle with writing free form or prose poetry. My mind seeks out a rhythm, a tempo, and stumbles when it is not found. It is like trying to play the bass with a crappy drummer. Just syncopated notes leading nowhere.

Poetry can be medicinal. Not only to the body, but to the soul. It is science that says visualization effects brain chemistry, but it is the poet that proves it.

Gone are the long-haired, bearded poets like Byron, Whitman, and Tennyson. So past, the mid-century beatniks with clove cigarettes, goatees, and a beret. Today, poets look just like everyone else. We should have a secret handshake or something so we can recognize each other.

My poetry often starts with an idea of exactly what headspace I want to lead the reader to. It is through perspective that I hope to show them the path.


Now get out there and write something!


11 Responses to “Tuesday Tidbits #80”
  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Well Brad, you’re certainly right, there should be a secret handshake or something but poets really should distinguish themselves by speaking out in their communities against the abuses of power and the iniquities they perceive. A poet is a man of the people, a chronicler as well as an activist and civic leader. It is the responsibility of trained men to guide, advise and interpret reference the things going on around them. Great thoughts and much truth my friend!

  2. beth says:

    yes, the medicinal value of poetry –

  3. I look forward to Tuesday’s Tidbits because the package is always chock full of tasty morsels.

  4. Jim Borden says:

    you make poetry sound like a bit of alchemy! and I think you need to start bringing back the beatnik look 🙂

  5. kristianw84 says:

    I’m rather fond of those old classic poets and the way they looked. I like the secret handshake, though!

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