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Loose Words Letter #25

Nearer to Vital Truth Than History

Welcome to the weekly newsletter from Loose Words. These letters go out every Thursday and highlight many of our published poems from the past week. We hope that these poems find you thinking about the truth of your words. The expression of what is going on inside of you. The truth from your soul.

“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” — Plato

These letters are an opportunity for a vital truth. But as a reader, not your truth. As a reader, you get the poet’s vital truth from wherever it emanates from and all that comes with it. We post a few lines from each featured poem to give you a preview, but we encourage you to keep reading (all friend links so anyone can read them). A one-minute read could change your day.

Featured Poet

Each week we feature one of our contributing poets at Loose Words on our homepage and in this letter. This week it is Harley King. Harley is a poet, novelist, and artist. He has published 14 poems at Loose Words in 2020. Read 6 of them on our homepage this week.


Ten weeks ago we introduced Collections to Loose Words. Collections are groupings of poems with an overall theme. You can find Collections on the home page underneath Featured Poems, the Guide To Publishing Poetry on Medium, and the Featured Poet section. We have released On Love, On Mental Health, 40 Fans, On Mindfulness, Unknown, On Time, Narrative, Micro, On Life, Free Verse, and this week we released 95%.

95% features 9 poems from 9 different poets, all with a read rate of 95% or higher and 50 or more views. This section is a great way to get acquainted with multiple works around one theme, as well as to find poets you haven’t read before or ones you shouldn’t miss. Take a look at our Collection this week and see what you’ve missed.

95% features loose words from Aaron Quist, Madeleine Anne Bognar, Indira Reddy, Dennett, Priyanka Srivastava, Jennifer Cowie King, Lisa Alletson, Lark Morrigan, and Gregory D. Welch.

Loose Words From Last Week

We Give Birth to the Sun by Tasheal Gill

“i had to be separated from the sun that everyone lived under to understand my own light. our darkness is unique to us, but light is what keeps us connected to others. one cannot exist without the other. when i swallow this truth, i bask in the milk that lingers…”

Pierced by Connie Song

“until I can behold the beauty of the scars,
while the sun magnifies the hurt,
I clutch a pen,
press a key,
pierce the truth.”

Shallow Roots by Samantha Lazar

“we whisper with mountain air
flittering leaves of an autumn
aspen quaking and facing
the deep rooted west, ablaze.”

vinyl by Deb Ewing

“gently rest
needle to groove
and remember
a time of interface
when touch was

Mundane by Jonathan Greene

“If only life were mundane again
a slow walk in the void, dull
when all noise stops, when all is quiet
and I can hear the inside of my brain”

Fragmented by Cat Hollyer

“there is no complete picture
no peace found in pieces
a mosaic of memory
not one for the scrapbooks”

Love by Priyanka Srivastava

like those leaves on the path
which no one sees.”

Remembering by Milana Bojinovic

“When your words were echoed
When the mattress was back in the big, empty bed
When the rains were gone and the only thing pouring was my tears
When the feelings were bitter and I was all alone”

Sunrise In My Soul by Sarah E Sturgis

“There’s a sunrise in my soul
Filled with colors vast and bright
It’s a place where I feel whole
Where my dreams aren’t out of sight”

Written Into Its Soul by Gregory D. Welch

“hard weather with worry in its soul
chewing its way into the base of your brain
writing itself into your being”

Craving Comfort by Estrella Ramirez

“Craving your comfort,
help me find

Stepping Stones by MDSHallhis debut in Loose Words

“You should see the home
I’ve built from stones you’ve thrown
Purposely in my path”

Pink Heat by Jennifer Cowie King

“into the last promise of momentary balm,
lustrous relief before the recant of dawn”

Weekly Quote

“To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.” — Octavio Paz

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history because poetry is birthed from within. It can’t come to fruition without the muse and the maker. And once it does, it just is. True. A poet’s mind.



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Jonathan Greene

Father, poet, writer, real estate investor/team leader, certified life coach, sociable introvert. Curating a meaningful life. IG: trustgreene | trustgreene.com