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"…And now my poems are filled
with people and animals and the magic
I see in the real world around me. (…)
Amazing things are all around me,
appearing ordinary at first,
until I really look at them closely.
"As I write about them,
the real things become very new,
more vivid and full of color.
That's exciting to me,
and I look at my own world
through a new window,
and see the marvels all around."
~ Joanne Ryder,
in The Place My Words are Looking For
The ordinary things around me always become extraordinary whenever I take the time to stop and really look at them, and then again when I try to write about what I've seen. I love Ryder's idea of a poem being a new window through which I can view the world....