it just feels a bit confusing....I am almost tempted to pull out the holiday lights again!
I have to admit, it is pretty...
and I'll be dreaming of this weather when it's August and 95 degrees...
Ok, on to the POETRY!
April is National Poetry Month in the U.S.
Poster by Jessica Helfand
"National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry
established (in 1996) by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen
the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to
living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and
journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the
visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while
acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the
many places where it is practiced and appreciated."
Upon reading it, even those who do not find poetry enchanting or essential, may begin to understand what the fuss is all about:
I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it after all, a place for the genuine. Hands that can grasp, eyes that can dilate, hair that can rise if it must, these things are important not because a
high-sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because they are useful. When they become so derivative as to become unintelligible, the same thing may be said for all of us, that we do not admire what we cannot understand: the bat
holding on upside down or in quest of something to
eat, elephants pushing, a wild horse taking a roll, a tireless wolf under a tree, the immovable critic twitching his skin like a horse that feels a flea, the base- ball fan, the statistician-- nor is it valid to discriminate against 'business documents and
school-books'; all these phenomena are important. One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the poets among us can be 'literalists of the imagination'--above insolence and triviality and can present
for inspection, 'imaginary gardens with real toads in them', shall we have it. In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand, the raw material of poetry in all its rawness and that which is on the other hand genuine, you are interested in poetry.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, I would like to invite you all to visit a most talented poet, artist, and friend... Anita Rivera at Castles Crowns and Cottages as she takes us on a beautiful, poetic journey of her own.... Enjoy!