It's always inspiring when you read an interview with an artist or writer who reminds you that you should be 150% passionate about your work, but, IMO, these sentiments get a little old. It's not always easy to stay motivated with a creative practice, especially when the thorniness of life starts finding ways to stick you all the time.
You can read all writer interviews on The Paris Review that you want, of course, and you can console yourself with lots of great writers quasi-advice columns at Brain Pickings, but the truth is that nothing inspires a creative practice like experiencing art. Whether it's looking at paintings or watching a film, when you let yourself embrace focused leisure activities, you're bound to make connections to your own artistic passion. Now, it's not always possible to queue up a Sofia Coppola film or get to your favorite MoCA, but making time for a poem is always doable. In fact, if you sign up for something like Poem-a-Day, you pretty much have to work to avoid poetry. Do you really want to work to avoid inspiration?
I didn't think so.
Ready to kick your creative practice into overdrive? Check out these seven inspiring poems.