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ISSUE NO. 2  JAN 24, 2021
Hi friends,

I’ll go ahead and state the obvious: poetry is having a moment. After the National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman recited her beautiful, powerful poem “The Hill We Climb” at the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the number of searches for her name and poetry soared. Her forthcoming debut collection of poems immediately went to No. 1 and many are calling her “the voice of a new American era.” I was one of the 2 million followers she earned that day, and I was completely inspired and awestruck by her words, beauty, and presence.

The truth is, I’ve been burying myself in poetry all month. So far, I’ve read two poetry collections, and I’m almost through my third. I also received a massive vintage volume of poems by Emily Dickinson for Christmas (thanks, Priscila!), which I have been devouring slowly. Reading poetry again has reminded me of my early teen years, when I wrote poems about love, boys, and loneliness—which, conveniently, often go hand-in-hand. 

Since February is nearing, I’m working on a post about poetry for Valentine’s Day—particularly about how some of my favorite millennial poets are capturing their heartbreak, love, and relationships in words. So, you can look forward to that in a few short weeks! Meanwhile, I’ll be experimenting with writing some poetry of my own. If not to share online, at least to feel like a teenager again. For a taste of my previously published prose, click here.

If you’ve also been inspired by Amanda Gorman to revisit poetry again, hit “reply” and tell me about it. I’d honestly love to know.

Megan

this week I loved...



1. Ella Emhoff and Michelle Obama at the Inauguration. Two completely different looks and personalities, but I adored them both for their shameless individuality. 

2. Bridgerton. I finally finished Season 1 and enjoyed it very much! I’m looking forward to Season 2 and seeing more of Anthony’s love journey.

3. The song “driver’s license” by Olivia Rodrigo. Despite the drama supposedly surrounding this song, it’s so beautiful and captures the heartbreak of first love so well.

4. The We’re Not Really Strangers card game. I’ve been playing this with a few friends and family lately, and it’s been so eye-opening and fun. I’ll take any excuse to talk about feelings.

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