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“Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
If there is any method to our madness, as writers of poetry, it must be this: we have something to offer and we long to learn from others. I believe this notion is the backbone of what we are doing here in the Imaginary Garden, week in and week out. It is why we extend this open invitation every Monday to all-comers who have a love of the written word.