National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. It’s been held every April since 1996 and, of course, I want to do my part to expand cultural literacy wherever and whenever I can…
Over the course of the next several weeks, I intend to share with you selected works of poetry. Some will be from renowned writers and some may be lesser known. But all have appealed to me on a very visceral level and hence made it into my Notebook of Favorite Writings.
<digression> OK, it’s really a Word doc that I append to every time I come across an appealing poem, essay, or bit of prose. If you want to know who I am, what I believe, and how I think, this would reveal that to you. I encourage everyone to build such a scrapbook over time. It’s like painting a textual self-portrait. While most folks find it hard to describe themselves verbally, the literary company you keep can provide a lot of insight to others. That’s why, when I go to parties for example, you’ll find me poking through people’s bookcases and CD collections, not their medicine cabinets. You learn a lot more about people when you see the art with which they choose to surround themselves. 🙂 That’s also the main section of folks’ MySpace profiles that I go to first — fav books, movies, and music… </digression>
Given that I’m not in a position to secure advance permission to reproduce those works in this blog, I’m going to focus on older works by deceased poets in the hopes of not upsetting anyone. Of course if I do inadvertantly infringe on anyone’s copyrights just let me know and I’ll take the offending material down promptly. Now, if you happen to not share my taste in poems, well, that’s just too bad. You’ve learned something about me… 🙂