"Whenever it snowedThe first time it started snowing after I read this, I found myself seeing fluffy white down feathers floating down rather than snowflakes. I read poetry for the imagery, and for the conciseness in the telling (not unnecessary words are the equivalent of no unnecessary brushstrokes). For seeing the familiar from a different viewpoint. For experiencing the world through someone else's eyes.
Grandma would say
'The Angels are having a pillow fight'"
From Grandma and the Angels by poet Roger McGough, in As Far As I Know, page 77
I think artists (and writers and photographers and pretty much everyone) ought to read poetry. Not the oh-so-high-brow, what-on-earth-is-the-poet-saying, bounce-along-with-the-rhythm-cause-I-know-not-these-words stuff, but the down-to-earth, see-new-imagery-in-our-world, beautifully and cleverly descriptive stuff.
If you think you can't stand poetry, any and all of it, take a listen to Jenny Joseph reading her poem "Warning". It'll only be a few minutes out of your life. The time to practice is now.
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