It’s National Poetry Month. You can do lots of cool things to celebrate. For example, you can sign up to receive a poem a day. My favorite by far is creating your own anthology. This is something I have been doing myself the old-fashioned way since I was a teenager, collecting in my own scribble, all my favorite world poetry in one large, tattered blank book (which slowly came to no longer be blank – much like ourselves). Poetry feeds the soul and mind, is food for thought, sustains the spirit, nourishes so many curiosities across so many disciplines. It always informs with its profundity, its language, its insight, its reflection.
Don’t let the love of poetry reside only in a month set aside for it. Let it flow through, be sewn to and buoy you and your life every day. In the words of Victoria Williams (in a song that has been a bitch to find, aptly titled “Poetry”): “Every day is poetry.” And it really is.
Photo (c) 2008 gabz used under Creative Commons license.