April is National Poetry Month. I know, I know, for most of you the mere suggestion to read a poem sends chills through your body as if icy fingers have gripped your heart. Flashbacks of high school English teachers flitter through your mind and you instinctively curl up within yourself hoping, begging, and praying that you won’t be called upon to explain the meaning of a poem. I get it. I have even had that same reaction as an English major in college. Some poems I read still leave me sitting with a blank expression and able to only say Huh?
However, I have also had the experience of reading poetry that has touched me in a way that I have felt my soul has been embraced. And I believe anyone and everyone is capable of having that same experience. Poetry is language, music, and art all rolled into one. There is something for everyone. It is perfectly acceptable to not like a particular poem or even a particular poet, all it means is that style is not for you. But I promise there are poems out there that once found will become your best friend.
I have placed a link on the left side of the page, Poems for Every Occasion that will take you to a website called Poets.org. It is a great place to wander around and taste-test different poems and poets until you find what satisfies your palate. I encourage you to face your fears of poetry and please check it out. Additionally, in the forthcoming days, weeks, and months I hope to share some of my favorite poems with you as well.
Now – Go Read a Poem !