Monday, April 23, 2012
Pen & Prosper Celebrates National Poetry Month
It's no secret that in life, we often "revert" back to them in thought or association. We remember their initial magic. How they made us feel.We marvel at the way they allowed us to discover new heights and broaden our horizons. Such is the case for me and poetry.
Allow me to elaborate...In my literary career, I have been blessed to wear many hats.
At some point or another, I have dabbled in just about every genre imaginable.
From being a relationship columnist, to a pro blogger, to an essayist, to an editor.
And I have loved them all. But my first love? Poetry. Hands down. Way before
I fancied myself a "professional writer," poetry fueled my passion for words.
It allowed me to express myself without grammatical or structural restrictions.
And, I believe that it has gained greater acceptance and awareness in today's times. With this being said, I am happy, no, absolutely elated to celebrate National Poetry Month. N.P.M. was first introduced in 1996, by the Academy of American Poets to increase awareness of this important art form. Each year, it is celebrated by publishers, poets, teachers, and businesses through workshops, literature, poetry readings, and discussions.
In keeping, I'd like to honor and acknowledge poets' contributions to our literary landscape--from the greats like Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Maya Angelou, Jeanne Towns, Sonia Sanchez, to spoken word artists of today. Happy National Poetry Month. Who's your favorite poet past or present?
Do you dabble? Do tell...