You Are Never Alone If There’s a Poem


I’ve often wondered if my turn to poetry in times of loneliness and uncertainty is a behavior that’s naturally implicit within the genre or if it upholds some cliché notion of what poetry is and should be.

Is poetry a cause of loneliness or a balm against loneliness? Emilia Phillips explores the effect and personal meaning of poetry in her life on the Ploughshares blog.

Tamara Matthews is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor. Visit or find her on Twitter: @writingtoatee. More from this author →