In Paris in 1999, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), proclaimed March 21st as World Poetry Day. It is meant to “support linguistic diversity through poetic expression...to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals...to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting.” As Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, states, “Every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and borders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family.”
Denver opportunities to listen and participate in celebrations of poetry include:
Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia - 9th Ave. & Galapago
2nd Friday of each month from 7-10 pm
Xpress Yourself Spoken Word Workshop - 1029 Santa Fe Dr.
Last Saturday of every month 11 am-12:30 pm
The Mercury Cafe
2199 California St.
Poetry Slam every Sunday night begins at 8 pm
Crossroads Theater - 2590 Washington St.
Last Friday of every month
Doors & sign-up at 7:30 pm | Open mic at 8 pm | Slam at 9 pm
The Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Ave.
4th Monday of every month
sign-up at 6:30 pm | Poetry Open mic at 7 pm
Check out some of these poetry collections on CD:
- Poetry on Record 98 Poets Read Their Work, 1888-2006
- Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers: Black Poets Read Their Work
- Los Poetas del Amor
- The Spoken Arts Treasury Volumes I, II, and III
To look for Denver Public Library books of poetry collections search our catalog.
Who are your favorite poets and where do you like to go for live poetry in the Denver Metro area?
Poetry, for those who either have never experienced it, or just don’t see its relevance, is an art form that I believe is as important now as it ever was. And the wonderful thing is that poetry comes in many forms; in fact, it’s a thing that can pass you by without even noticing that you’ve experienced it. It’s the bird sitting on a wire as you pass by. It’s the light changing as clouds first reduce and then expose the sun’s rays. It’s meeting someone for the first time and feeling like you’ve known them the whole of your life. It’s connecting with another, even if that connection is through wifi technology that means you never even get to meet that person face to face. It’s being human. It’s life.
And for those who want something tangible, something that comes in the form of a poem:
The moon has nothing to be sad about,
Staring from her hood of bone.
She is used to this sort of thing.
Her blacks crackle and drag.
From ‘Edge,’ Sylvia Plath
An infinite number of ways to respond.
Approximately 16 minutes before the end of World Poetry Day (EST)
Thank you, Matthew!
You must be a poet and/or you think like one. I appreciate your thoughts on what poetry is and why it is important. I read Mary Oliver's "Blue Horses" this weekend and fell in love with it.
The beauty of poetry for me is its ability to remake the complexity of life and our universe in a way that is multi-layered and graspable. A good line of poetry resonates with my soul.
Your comment on Plath's poetry is a poem in and of itself. Thanks.