I don't mind eels
Except as meals.
And the way they feels.
--The Eel, by Ogden Nash
Born in 1952 in Santa Fe, poet Jimmy Santiago Baca was abandoned by his parents at the age of two, then lived with his grandmother for a few years before ending up in an orphanage, where he stayed until he was 13, when he ran away and lived on the streets.
Every National Poetry Month I look forward to writing poetry every day. Just a jot or a tittle, scribbled down at lunch, or an epically long Free Verse agonized over for days, or weeks, or the whole month! If you don't know where to start, or are excited to share with others come to our Write On!
April is National Poetry Month, and April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day!
What does that mean? Celebrate poetry by carrying a favorite poem with you all day and sharing it with family, friends, and coworkers! Need ideas for poems to share? There are a few places you can go for inspiration:
Poets.org has a web page dedicated to Poem in Your Pocket Day. There are poems on the site that you can download and print for your pockets, along with other great resources about poets and poetry!
In recognition of World Poetry Day, Denver Public Library will be hosting a poetry reading Thursday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library in our Jaren Ducker Browsing Area (north of fiction).
Seven local poets will be out to read their work! So bring your lunch and drop on in, we'd love to see you!
In 1999 during their 30th session the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared March 21 to be World Poetry Day. In part because "[t]here is still a tendency in the media and among the general public to refuse to take the poet seriously. Action is needed to free ourselves in order to make this image a thing of the past and to give poetry its rightful place in society."1
Not to cast any aspersions on America’s most beloved children’s poet, but there is much more to poetry for young people than the great Shel Silverstein. April is National Poetry Month, and thus a perfect opportunity to explore the wide world of children’s poetry.
From anthologies of works by modern children’s poets to poem picture books to novels in verse, children’s poetry is a wide open and growing genre full of humorous, touching, and imaginative writing that is sure to inspire and delight any child who is exposed to it.
Poetry is a thing of great beauty and April, when the crocuses bloom and violets peek out their heads, is the perfect month to celebrate it.
National Poetry Month encourages all people to experience poetry. Be it by reading a new book of poetry, spouting memorized lines on the street corner, carrying a poem in your pocket, or attending a poetry reading you have a whole month in which to accomplish this goal.