Member Rara Avis
well, Wing'ed Rebellious Wonder, i certainly agree with you and i wouldn't edit a word of what you said... *g..lol *wink*
i think this is the purpose of poetry and that there are definitely universals in the human condition, no matter what culture we come from, no matter what influences we've had... and the job of the poet is to relay a slice of it, a look at some minor or major part of it all, from their unique perspective and using their unique combination of the infinite combinations of 26-letters... and each and every viewpoint is valid and important and lets us all see through the eyes of another for just a small flash of time...
presentation is important, too. it's how we open up, show each other what we "see" of the world and what it's like to be caught in this human condition (which right now, btw, is very very tired... lol... so hang in there with me, k?).. what i mean by presentation is HOW we string words and images together, our individual voice, if you will (well, even if you won't), not what the poem it looks like, not whether it's typeset with seraph or sans-seraph... hehe...
reading others.. a LOT....and writing about even the smallest observances about what you see, feel, want, desire, how you hurt, all of it... helps develop that voice and view and presentation that is uniquely yours as a poet and all the poems in the world strung together end to end somehow make up the infinite big picture of it all, i think
of course, ALL the arts are for this same purpose..(film, theatre, dance, photography, painting, sculpture,...etc etc)... and expression in art of the human condition is what makes life rich and helps us see each other more clearly, joins us together in some kind of unity, and gives us avenues to feel our way through... hopefully adding some wisdom and beauty along the way...
it's in the reading and the writing that we come to know who we are and all the sameness and differences of us
of course, none of this comes with a Personal Poet Guide to help and batteries aren't included... lol... so we have to do it individually.... feel our way through... and find the joy of it in the expression.
whew! did that make sense? lol... i need coffee with lots of cream...
oh, one more thing, any time you're interested in taking me under your wing and teaching me about this Maslow Hierarchy stuff and all those other philosophical names you reference on occasion, i'd be interested in learning