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Literature as a Mirror

Posted by Shawn Ewing on September 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Ever since my days as an undergrad English major, I couldn't help but notice how literature can act as a very strange mirror. Poetry and narrative fiction both have this effect, but with differences.

I find writing relaxing and when I write poetry, I find myself in deep introspection, even if I read what I just wrote and find myself perplexed afterward. But, I suppose that's its own little reward: to see something, a connection, you don't quite understand. Emily Dickinson has a firm influence on my poetry: I don't title it. 

I have come to the conclusion that poetry and creative writing in general is my form of meditation and release.

Bring me the Stars

and I shall remain


bring me the Stones

and I shall pave a Path.

(By Shawn Ewing)

Like I said before, sometimes poetry is obscure to even the writer. The following is heavy with images, as all poetry is.

Before me the Spiral:

it gleams and shines--

though it is false.

Lead wings fly

on the Wind called Sorrow

(By Shawn Ewing).

The above to are two recent poems I wrote. I actually wrote them yesterday (8/31/14). :)


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Reply SheOnAnotherLevel
12:31 AM on September 6, 2014 
I am very impressed Shawn! I felt this deeply.
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10:32 AM on September 3, 2014 
Loved it! Shared!