Another day to celebrate!

Read any poetry lately? Monday March 21st 2016 is World Poetry Day.

From the United Nations website:

Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings.

Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures. In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

Do you still remember poems or rhymes from childhood?

Occasionally I even try to write the stuff but almost everything I create is only suitable for personal consumption. Sort of like my attempt to bake perfect bread.

I wrote one poem, through the eyes of the protagonist of Outback Promise. I know it’s not bad because it was published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine before that publication started specializing in erotic verse.

This is Rosalyn’s voice, at age 25, before she leaves her hometown of Vancouver forever:

Upward Mobility

A raven squats on the peeling roof

crows boil by, bleating and scolding,

      as cherry blossoms strain in crusted-green captivity

I schlep my heavy backpack up the hill

away from the white-capped water

      toward the tired building where boiled cabbage

      and constant sorrow linger in the hallway

Sunshine sprawls on distant mountains.

I lift my eyes from the gray sidewalk

      In a shimmering window my reflection smiles back

          A stranger in my clothes.

So what are you doing for poetry day? Reading your old favourites? Scratching out a limerick or two?

Photo from Wikimedia Commons by: Linda Bailey

What rhymes with Poetry Day?

March 21st is World Poetry Day. This year and every year. Here are things you can do to mark the occasion:

  • take a poet to lunch

  • take a book of poetry to lunch

  • try some blackout poetry

  • write a note to a poet whose work you admire

  • rearrange the magnetic poetry on your fridge door

  • pick up a pen and let your raw emotions flow onto the page

  • buy a book of poetry—please, your local poet could use the support

  • write a poem in a different language

  • write a backwards or giggle poem

  • go to an open mike event and try a slam poem

  • go the library and read poetry there

  • read your favourite poem aloud

  • memorize a poem then recite it loud

UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. Poetry is one way to open your imagination—what have you got to lose?


Photo from Wikimedia Commons: Slam poem is recited by Toussaint Morrison of the Minneapolis band The Blend for a crowd at the 2007 Mifflin Street block party by The Moose