Writer’s Quote: Erin Hanson

Writer’s Quote: Erin Hanson


And then, there are writers like Erin Hanson. She is a twenty year old Australian (according to google) with hands that weave magic in form of poetic words. I initially came across her works on Pinterest and noticed her initials were E.H . I automatically assumed they meant “Ernest Hemmingway” due to the wisdom and flawlessness of her words. I was quite impressed by Hemmingway, for walking in the skin of a girl and writing from the female point of view for a lot of the poems. Turns out, it was actually written by a female named Erin.

Erin Hanson is one of the few modern poets I enjoy, a second is lang Leav. Every single one of her poems, leaves a message with me. When I hit that dry spell of writing, her words are an inspiration. I find myself thinking, it’d be nice to be as good as her; plus another bonus, she rhymes. If you’ve written poetry before, you’d know it’s not an easy feat to make complete sense, all the time, and still rhyme. Erin Hanson makes it work and I admire her for that.
She has also released a book titled: “The Poetic Underground” which is available on Amazon. Without further adieu, after talking the talk, here’s a poem of hers to walk the talk.

You can write for hours on hours,
Of all the things you wish you could be,
But the truth of the matter is simple,
People are not poetry,
And I know that you wish you weren’t awkward,
That sweet words could roll right off your tongue,
But your time here’s too short just to worry,
How each single sentence is strung,
It’s okay to be rough round the edges,
To be bruised up and broken and scarred,
But it’s not okay to let people tell you,
That it’s a reason to change who you are,
Your hair doesn’t always seat nicely,
The way a poem sits so neatly on line,
And sometimes you might feel like a word,
That nobody has learnt to define,
You might not be a star that lights darkness,
Or a bird that can teach us to soar,
But it’s okay, because you’re too complex,
To be crammed into one metaphor,
It’s okay not to know what you’re doing,
Since your feelings don’t have to all rhyme,
Though a poem once complete is eternal,
You have the freedom to change over time,
You’re much more than can ever be written,
There is no title to say, “This is me”,
You can’t be trapped in the lines of a notebook,
Because people are not poetry.

This post is In response to Writers Quote Wednesday, hosted by Silver Threading.

32 thoughts on “Writer’s Quote: Erin Hanson

  1. I love the prose that flies from Erin’s fingertips! WOW! Great quote and thanks for introducing me to her. You know I love poetry and words that speak to the soul. This was amazing! ❀

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  2. I have come across her writing on Pinterest too and had no idea e.h. was her. I love her poems. This is one of my favourites. “You can’t be trapped in the line of a notebook / Because people are not poetry.” I don’t know about you but that line makes me feel free. Great job Ameena,

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  3. Erin Hanson was my first literary love. One can tell from her poems she’s a honest, peaceable, and beautiful soul. I modeled my writings on her style before my restless heart sought new grounds. From one awesomeness Hunter to another- A treasure trove you’ve found, Ameena.

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    1. Ohh really! Wow. Hers is actually the first modern poetry I fell in love with too. I’ve read so much poems of hers, and her writing is unique. You don’t find many writers using her rhyming scheme, and she does so effortlessly it seems.
      Thank you! I love sharing poems that I enjoy, hoping someone would like them too


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