3 Places to Find Poetry in Life
- Conversation. Next time you’re talking to a friend, be aware of metaphors in conversation. Even if they’re cliches. Throw the baby out with the bath water for instance. I remember a friend of mine once saying “I had to get up at the butt crack of dawn.”
- Advertising. If you see an ad on the subway with copy (words), those words were carefully chosen, revised, chopped up, and re-ordered. The only thing that separates this from poetry is that the words are used to sell. The words in a poem evoke a sense of self, and an ad does that so you connect with the product on a personal level. Some advertising is written in pure iambs.
- Jokes. Put line breaks in a great comedy routine and it’s a poem. A funny poem, but a poem nonetheless. I say “great comedy routine” because if it’s great, the words were carefully chosen to evoke a profound sense of self. To awaken a memory or speak an unspoken truth.