Sunday, April 02, 2006
April is National Poetry Month!
Whether you like yours traditional, free, in protest,
spoken, stirred, allegorical, narrative, or in iambic pentameter,
poetry is best served hot.
I had a teacher in the fourth grade that used to require us to memorize
a poem a week that we had to recite in front of the whole class.
Amazing how nimble the young mind is. I remember reading over poems
3-5 times and learning them by heart. Now a days it takes a bit more
practice, but I find myself piling the staple of the oral and written
poem on my plate frequently.
Sadly, outside of the traditional Easter Poems, and occasional class
lessons, it seemed the poem may die a bitter death as it competed
with novels, technicolor television frequencies, and music videos.
Thank God, the poem is back! Folks are doing some really interesting
stuff as spoken word and free verse are fused with musical genres.
The question begs to be asked.. Has poetry influenced your life? What poet
influenced your life, and why?