Tuesday, April 9, 2013

national poetry month!

Happy National Poetry Month! I started out this month in quite the poetry mindset, as I flew off on the evening of the first to go visit a graduate program for poetry. In a few short days, I will be reaching my decision—and this fall, I will begin my journey in an MFA program.

I really love poetry. When I was five years old, I wrote a poem about cheetahs. I still have it, and it is truly ridiculous, but I keep it as a reminder of how I found joy in poetry so early in life. There's a saying that goes around that says the only people who read poetry are other poets. This saddens me, but I suppose it's understandable. I remember my own education, where poetry was reserved for a particularly stuffy unit with lots of Shakespeare and Dickinson and Poe. Once in a while, we'd hear the names of others—Whitman and Hughes during Black History Month, Plath after The Bell Jar—but never really read their work. If you went off of what you learned in school, you might think poetry is old and boring or, at the very least, difficult to understand.

In an effort to inspire more poetry readers who may not be poets themselves, here are some of my favorite books that aren't ancient or brain-numbing! I'll try posting some individual poems I love, too. :)

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  1. I love poetry! My favourite poet is Philip Larkin. As a 16 year old, I identified with him so much, which is rather strange!

    I remember being reduced to tears reading Mid Term Break by Seamus Heaney at school, and I always loved poetry units. I absolutely adored breaking down and analysing poetry. As I got older, I treated song lyrics in much the same way as poems.

    When I was 6, I wrote an entire poetry book! I was so proud of it. I had a front cover, a blurb, and everything. I think it's still lying around somewhere.

    Unfortunately, the perception of poetry in education isn't limited to children. I'm a teacher too and I adore teaching poetry units. The other teachers hate it. I wonder if that's where the perception comes from- Teachers' lack of passion is picked up by children, some of whom become teachers themselves and share the same apprehensions and so the cycle continues.

    Anyway, sorry for this mega long comment. Basically, I love poetry too!


  2. wow, i had no idea it's national poethry day. thank you so much for writting about.
    the books you showed are really great and i'd love to write it again and again and again!!!


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