Lori Hamilton is an ultramodern contemporary poet with an introspective edge into the human condition. She focuses on the obscure and sometimes small details of everyday life and how they affect us in subtle, yet undeniable ways. She is a member of the International Poetry Fellowship. Several of her poems will be published in the upcoming anthology, These Human Shores III. She is scheduled to be feature poet in the April-May, 2014 issue of Prism Periodical. Lori is a longstanding member of Allpoetry, an interactive community of writers, where she enjoys participating in collaboration with other poets.
Her first collection of poetry is due to be released summer, 2014.
“Poetry is a thousand moments of rain searching for the clarity of a noon moon, the wisdom of an ancient mountain, the calm of a blanketing fog.” Lori Hamilton
Creatively writing since early childhood, Lori spent countless hours penning and illustrating short stories. She has always been an avid reader and discovered poetry in her early teens when she put pen to paper and felt the raw intensity that comes with love of the written word, always appreciating the melodic sound of fingers striking the keys, the intimate connection between herself and the words.
“I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I love words. I love language and the many ways it can evoke feelings and provoke thoughts. I write about what I’ve felt, what I’ve lived, what I desire, what I remember, what I can never forget. I pour myself into my work. When you read me, you are reading a part of me, my heart, my soul, my flesh, my bones. Words are my passion, poetry is my innermost expression. I believe I write to let my demons breathe, to allow them some escape. I wouldn’t want to put them all to rest because they are the source of my work and a reminder that I’m still alive. Without their force behind me, I might struggle to feel.”
Lori has written a variety of poetic styles, concentrating the last several years mainly on abstract metaphor and focused brevity within unconfined contemporary free verse. She uses this method to translate her inner self, both in happiness and sadness. She enjoys using imagery and symbolism to display the world around her, often alluding to nature. You will find her poetry laced with struggle and turmoil, visual and emotional context.
“I am the lonely soul of a waterfall. I am evolving as a writer, as a person. I am poetry. I am becoming.” -Lori Hamilton