In the Ojibwe language of Anishinaabemowin, "puhpowee" translates to "the force that causes mushrooms to rise up from the ground overnight” (source: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer). This word describes the mysterious powers of emergence that constantly transform the world around us, summoning beings from the darkness of underground to the light of day, the unknown into the known. I see the same principle at play in poetry, a form of linguistic expression dabbling in the murky depths of the unconscious to give voice to thoughts, feelings, and other experiential phenomena that might otherwise go unspoken and unrecognized.
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