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About Autumn Ehrhardt
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Bloggers PhotoI am Autumn Love Ehrhardt.
Most important I am
fitting into the skin of a poet,
Pisces March 10th, 1970
I live by the majestic Flatirons of Boulder Colorado
I teach English and theatre at Wheat Ridge High School
But more than that I am
being human
I love my husband Steven, daughter India, and son Oliver
I admire the unique passion and drive of my students
We are a family as well.
I write daily and my poetry is numbered from June 2009.
All pieces are revised from the daily entries.
So there is much more to come.
I feel blessed to have a place to write and read poetry.

Writing raw and unadorned

Blog Posted:7/28/2011 3:11:00 PM
We begin our journey as writers with these tremendous God given emotions that for the writing artist must be unleashed somewhere. For the sensitive young soul this is usually in the cherished journal or diary.  I am sure that many have experienced the true humiliation when the secrets were exposed by someone sharing a diary entry with the entire neighborhood. Ah a new powerful emotion erupts: shame. It feels as though everyone realized that you desired that first kiss from the boy across the street. The natural first tender touch of lust needs to be most definitely hidden--shame resonates with a low and damaging energy.

Alas, these emotions both shame and desire are what spur the writer's pen. And like the tortured Greek heroes, a true writer hasn't the choice--the gods truth must be scribed: or what makes one suffer can never be reckon with. So despite the risk of shame, truth finds its way to the page. But the young girl or lad is still vulnerable from shame's first slap. And even the mature writer learns to hide better and question his or her new more powerful lusts, desires, and pain. Cover them sweetly away and pray.

To paraphrase Brenda Ueland, we worry what will upset our close friends and family members. To write the truth of how deeply we can be hurt by our loved ones is not a love poem in disguise-- it is the truth. And we are discovered, once again, by having that journal or diary scrutinized by husband, wife, lover, or friend; we question the purpose of this life as writer. But as Brenda would encourage--the only great writing is the truth--unadorned and raw. The only true question is do you have the courage to write greatly and tell your tale with  bravado.
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  1. Date: 8/1/2011 12:39:00 PM
    Such a profound write! Yes life is most simply about being human warts and all! And why should we hide our humaness? ONly those who choice to walk in the dark on the path of chaos need hide..others striding or stimbling forward on the path of creation or light need never hide...we are simply clothed in skins........

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  1. Date: 7/31/2011 2:37:00 PM
    This is not the only purpose for writing, only one aspect to why and how to write. An explicit sexual or suicidal style is definitely not me. Ueland also just loves the clarity of unadorned description of sweet emotions as well--as do I.

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  1. Date: 7/29/2011 3:02:00 AM
    hey Autumn, i agree with you, lots of my poems are the raw truth, and it has not always been recieved very well, but i do feel that sometimes it should be said, it is up to the recipient to ask themselves is the poem true?but i do agree with Carolyn some poetry on this site is way over the top.

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  1. Date: 7/28/2011 8:07:00 PM
    Some of the poetry here can be over the top for families -- erotica or very dark poems about suicide, etc. However, it is the depth of emotion that compels us to write our best work. Some of the previous contests here have asked us to write of our most embarrassing moments, serious hardships and pain. These contests are challenging, but generate some of the best poems on the Soup. It is not always easy to write "unadorned and raw" verse, but, yes, some of us do, Autumn. Interesting blog! Best wishes, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 7/28/2011 4:18:00 PM
    Interesting. I see it as a coping skill for some of the kids I work with. For them, it might be easier to write than to discuss. I write for fun and to ease frustration with society in general. If the only gerat writing is truth, then nothing has come out of Washington D.C. in about 100 years (possibly 1976-80 is an exception). Welcome to the Soup. Vince

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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
6/19/2013Hope's CommunionFree versesummer,
3/9/2013HemminwayFree versestar,
4/2/2012Purple is not an eye color 49Free verseholiday,inspirational,
4/2/2012Couldn't 48Free versedevotion,fantasy,sad,
4/2/2012I am too old 47Free verseepic,fear,passion,urban,
4/2/2012Stupid 46Free versecomputer-internet,dedicat
4/2/2012Long day 45Free verseconfusion,cowboy-western,
4/2/2012Snow day and the dive barFree verseadventure,
1/22/2012Out the Door Cold, Daily 43Free versefear,
1/22/2012Trauma Carousal, Daily 42Rhymechildhood,fear,
1/22/2012Sleep Racing, Daily 41Rhymeintrospection,girl,girl,
12/27/2011Heart RustFree versefear,
9/27/2011Daily 36 Alone in bedFree versesad,work,work,
9/5/2011Daily 39, Bring Back the Old EffortRhymehistory,
8/14/2011Twin Twisters, Daily 38Rhymeconfusion,fantasy,
8/2/2011Choice Dealer, Daily 2Free verseloss,
7/9/2011Everyday Song, Daily 37Coupletlife,music
6/27/2011Whisper, Daily 35Free verselost love
6/23/2011Soul Cover, Daily 34Rhymeconfusion
6/21/2011Dream Glimpses, Daily 33Free verseconfusion,death,fantasy,i
6/16/2011Ode to a Fortunetelling, Daily 32Ode adventure,death,life,myst
6/9/2011Smooth Rock Listener, Daily 20Free verseintrospection,nature
6/9/2011Not Needing a Meeting, Daily 31Narrativefunny,worktime,

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