A poem begins as a lump in the throat

“The grand scheme of a life, maybe (just maybe), is not about knowing or not knowing, choosing or not choosing. Perhaps what is truly known can’t be described or articulated by creativity or logic, science or art — but perhaps it can be described by the most authentic and meaningful combination of the two: poetry: As Robert Frost wrote, a poem ‘begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is never a thought to begin with.’

I recommend the following course of action for those who are just beginning their careers or for those like me, who may be reconfiguring midway through: heed the words of Robert Frost. Start with a big, fat lump in your throat, start with a profound sense of wrong, a deep homesickness, or a crazy lovesickness, and run with it.”

― Debbie Millman

I found this passage on Rudri’s beautiful blog, which I read every day (and suggest you do too!).


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3 Comments

  1. Posted February 19, 2016 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I adore this quote. Thanks for your kind words. xo

  2. Posted February 19, 2016 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh, a lump in the throat has launched many a shop. Beautiful.

  3. Posted February 19, 2016 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Or ship, this week. My typos are unending.