Sandy Jeffs and the Power of Her Poetry

Sandy Jeffs and the Power of Her Poetry
Tahlia Eisentrager

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There are things in life that are precious to us. Things that are a constant, that if they weren't there, life would be incomplete. Things that find us in times of darkness and pull us up to see the light, encouraging us to keep on keeping on. For me, this constant in my life is poetry. Poetry is many things. It's a freedom of speech that allows you to express how ...

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There are certain poets in the world of poetry that have a particular talent of being able to speak straight to us. All the walls of emotion we put up to protect ourselves are broken down through the power of their words. One poet who does this to perfection is the truly inspirational Sandy Jeffs. Sandy Jeffs is an Australian poet from Ballarat. She has lived with schizophrenia for over thirty years and one of the most beautiful things about her and her condition is that she doesn't shy away from it. She embraces it and accepts that it's who she is and even more than that, she shares it with us. Sandy Jeffs' poetry speaks to me in ways I have never experienced before. Because of this, I believe through her feelings, stories and powerful, heart driven words she can make you see the true beauty in poetry. The beauty that I see.

To prove to you the power of Sandy Jeff's poetry I have chosen two particular poems that I believe exemplify how important poetry is. To pinpoint ...

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herself, Sandy Jeffs. Why does she do this? She does this because she wants us to understand.

The picture Sandy Jeffs paints with this poem is a typical image of a woman with schizophrenia. Although that's not made obvious until the end of the poem, she allows you to reach that understanding with making that very last line your moment of clarity. Sandy creates a path for you to explore, a path placed with those different women. At each step Sandy is presenting a different woman for you to see, to peer into their life at one of their most exposed moments. You see each woman at their most tell moment. The variety in the emotions created through each stanza gives you further ...

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Added: 9/14/2013 10:32:02 AM
Submitted By: tahliamay
Category: Poetry & Poets
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