We lawyers are frequently thought of as an intellectually-focused and logic-driven group, often found knee deep in dusty casebooks, statutes and even the Tax Code. It may surprise lay readers, and even some lawyers, to know that lawyers are people too, and even embark on creative, self-exploratory pursuits in their somewhat rare free time. So, it comes as no surprise to me that there are lawyer poets out there prolifically creating verse more pleasing to the ear than an explanation of how in rem jurisdiction applies in the instant dispute in an Opposition to a Motion to Dismiss.
Thanks to Victoria Pynchon, over at Settle It Now, for this great link to Strangers To Us All: Lawyers and Poetry. The site is full of listings and resources, anthologies and books about and by poet / lawyers. I enjoyed poking around, repeatedly finding myself smiling at the refreshing marriage of law and poetry. While I have written a song lyric or two in my day, I cannot claim the poetic touch exhibited by the drafter of the text on the site’s homepage, which concludes with this:
We may find that the poet, like the lawyer, sees the world in a nuanced way that demands it be addressed with a special language, language that calls attention to itself and sets itself apart by form, rhythm, and practice. Both poetry and law are acquired taste, all the more surprising, to have such tastes acquired by a single person.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. For more creatively intellectual stimulation, check out the poetry section from the current edition of r.kv.r.y quarterly journal for some choice selections.