National Poetry Month is here! And we are a little late getting to it, but no matter. There is still plenty of time to enjoy some wonderful poems. Time to meet some new ones, and time to revisit some old favorites.
But first, why should we have a month dedicated to poetry? Well, National Poetry Month is in its 2oth year, so it must be having some success! According to the Academy of American Poets this is a way to highlight the achievements of American poets, and to encourage the reading of poetry. There are numerous events that occur during this month to help you find your way to poetry. You can find a great list of suggestions here and one of the easiest things you can do is sign up to receive a poem in your mail box each day. No brainer! Or you can watch a movie (or two) that is about poetry and poets.
If you aren’t sure exactly how to read a poem there are several book and essays to be found that give detailed ideas and rationale on how to do it. But really, just find a poem. Then read it out loud. To the cat. Or the dog. Or the room. Don’t rush, follow the lines and punctuation and just read it. There is something wonderful about saying a poem. It does come to life, and makes a lot more sense. Just try it. Don’t be afraid, it is waiting there for you, and won’t judge. Have fun!