7 Poems To Keep You Writing When The World Is Just Too Much
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If you're a budding novelist, poet, essayist, or blogger, you've probably heard plenty about the value of picking up your proverbial pen and writing in Trump's America. And while I agree that all writers exist within a political context, I also acknowledge that different writers want to engage in varying capacities with their political climate. And that's cool.

Still, if you're a writer who's even *this much* politically mindful, you know it can be tough to keep on. That's why it's more important than ever to stock up on those writer resources that help you stay motivated when the world is just too much. (TBH: it's frequently too much.)

If you're looking to do something good for your brain and keep writing, then it's no secret that reading poetry should be on your daily to-do list. In fact, why don't we go ahead and add "read a poem" to that set of writerly habits that typically includes things like, "keep a journal," "visit bookstores," and some variation on "write a lot"? Reading poems, as JR Thorpe recently — and fascinatingly — reported in Bustle, is tied to "actions of introspection" in the brain. And when you feel like writing is *this much* a struggle, it's time to get yourself to that introspective place. These seven poems will take you there.

1"Boy Goes to War" by Max Ritvo

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2"The Hermit: 56" by Lucy Ives

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3"My Notebook for December" by Keith Waldrop

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4"Not Writing" by Anne Boyer

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5"A Blank Letter" by Sudeep Sen

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6"The Sofas, Fogs, and Cinemas" by Rosemary Tonks

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7"Silver streamers dazzling winter" by Joshua Beckman

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