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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Poetry has all too often been pushed aside or completely ignored as nothing more than a difficult genre to understand. We Are Poetry: Lessons I Didn’t Learn in a Textbook by Kym Gordon Moore is something different and shows how poetry teaches us many things about culture, philosophy, religion, politics, feelings, how to heal, and an abundance of history. It can help us find the emotions we need to express, assure us of our identity, or even make us question the foundation of the things we believe to be true until we see them from a different perspective. There is a world full of poetry; it is a universal language of understanding that can tell us where we’ve been and where we’re going and help us better grasp what humanity truly has to offer.
We Are Poetry takes the concept of what poetry is expected to be and erases the clichés attached to the genre. This book is not the average poetry book. It actually teaches the reader how to appreciate the truth and misconceptions about this writing practice. I love the way Kym Gordon Moore broke down the truth of how poetry gives more than just an emotional response and then backs up the points with poems between the text. Although I am already a lover of poetry, I was pleased to learn that poets across the world are coming together and writing for so much more than to simply relay a message about a specific emotion or state of mind. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read in general while they learn something new about human nature, cultural differences, and unison, and a new way to understand the art of poetry.