the month I was born
I was made for poetry
so was a nation
Welcome to National Poetry Month 2014!
“Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.”–poets.org
Events are bound to have been planned in your communities, I hope you will find one to suit you. Poets.org has some cool things planned: The Poet-to-Poet Project sounds especially awesome; & the annual Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day is on the 24th.
We are going to begin an annual reading of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” with Natalya, and maybe a few others… really, how does one narrow the breadth of such incredible works available and longing to be celebrated at least once a year… and our library keeps expanding, having become introduced to so many contemporary poets in the last year: this is where tuition is better-spent.
I hope to share some poets and poems with you (written and performed); and maybe talk Natalya into sharing her favorite poets/poems, her thoughts about poetry, and/or a poem of her own.
In the meantime, too kick off poetry month, I want to share a poem* by Eduardo C. Corral, whom I’ve had the recent pleasure of meeting at a reading of his poetry from Slow Lightning (Yale University Press 2012):
from which this line followed me home the first time I’d heard it: “The gaze of the moon/stitches the buttons of his shirt to my skin.”
*first published in Poetry (April 2012), also appears in the book.
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