Since childhood days of nursery rhymes and simple poems, there has always been a people connection with these verses. Family recollections of Irish lullabies and sharing the early memorization of poems in school created a link of poetry.

Later, from the first poetic lines that I wrote to the study of classic poets, I discovered that there was a voice to poetry.

That voice is varied and so individualistic. Some of the voices that called out to me in their lines included: Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Edna St.Vincent Millay, Carol Shields and so many others.

Writing poetry, for me, has been a voyage of discovery. Finding a poetic voice of my own has been shaped by the poets I have studied.

It was also influenced by a workshop series with a Professor/author/poet who engaged us in writing, looking at things from a different perspective. As a young Mom, taking an evening out to focus on writing was such a positive and empowering step. It left a huge impact on me as a poet writer. As well, I met a group of like minds, writers on the verge of moving forward as wordsmiths. I, especially, was so glad to meet a woman who has been an inspiration as a poet and a true spirit of the Earth.


More recently, with the connectivity of social media through the internet, I have met a whole network of writers–freelance and poets–who have inspired me. Through blogs, websites, FB, Twitter, Google, it has been a wonderful experience to share poems, posts, comments, smiles and encouragement. It is an enriching development, for sure.

In this National Poetry Month, I give a big shout out to all those writerly voices!

A big pink rose of thanks!

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13 thoughts on “POETRY AND PEOPLE

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  2. Hannah Gosselin April 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Oh, Patricia your rose and thoughtful words and links are invaluable! Thank you!

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    • Patricia Anne McGoldrick April 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      You are so welcome. Thanks for the comment, Hannah!

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    • Marie Elena April 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Hear, hear! Peppermint Patty, you are the best!

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    • Hannah Gosselin April 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      :)! I second that seconding!

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  3. Patricia Anne McGoldrick April 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Thanks for the mention! Honoured!

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  4. Patricia Anne McGoldrick April 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Marie Elena, thanks so much & wishing you a gentle shower of pink rose petals for all the inspiration & encouragement in these last few years.:)
    Happy NPM!

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  5. meenarose April 20, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Patricia Anne McGoldrick April 20, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Hannah, Thanks so much for the seconding!!!!!
    Meenarose: thanks for the kind words!

    You have all inspired me to write this post!:))

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  7. Pamela Smyk Cleary April 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    So sweet, Patricia! And so true! I have met, and continue to meet, amazing people & poets via internet connections — something I never would/could have anticipated only a few years ago. Thanks!

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    • Patricia Anne McGoldrick April 21, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Recently, I recalled some writing that I did 25 years ago. What a different environment! It is so much more conducive to connecting now.

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  8. Laurie Kolp April 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    A big thanks to you, too! I like the poets you mentioned, too. I always love hearing from you. = )

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