National Poetry Month is coming to a close.
And as a gift to you, I’m stepping back and offering other people’s opinions on poetry.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
The Persian language has only one pronoun for all genders. This means that genders in Persian love poetry—and in verses meant to celebrate the adoration of the divine— are essentially fluid. How cool is that ?
I’ve had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
—T. S. Eliot
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
Slam the Poet on Writing Poetry
His Prayer to Gaia blew me away. Go watch it now.
There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
(For more appropriate Emily, sort of, try these)
The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you – black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight.
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
(For more of Doug Savage’s insanely funny poetry cartoons, try his website)
Okay, y’all . . .
I’ve been doing Poetry Wednesdays here since April of 2011, which is roughly 167 posts. And though it may seem like I winged most of ’em, it does take time to research and write these particular posts—and it seems like reader interest has been flagging over the past few months.
So, while my enjoyment of poetry of all kinds—not to mention my prurient curiosity about the people who write the stuff—hasn’t diminished at all, I’m thinking it might be best to drop the regular poetry posts and just save ’em for April or when I feel the random need to share.
If I’m wrong about the general disinterest, and you’d like me to keep going, please give me your opinion by liking or commenting on this post, or by dropping me an e-mail.
Otherwise, it’s been a terrific run and I’ve met a lot of wonderful poets and poetry lovers along the way.
Thank you all—even you Thomas Hardy fans—for letting me babble on for so long about something I truly love.
And also for all the reprehensible limericks. You know who you are.
Wondermark is created by David Malki!, Sheldon is the brainchild of Dave Kellett, xkcd is written by Randall Munroe, and Savage Chicken is drawn by Doug Savage. Ownership of these images remains with the creators, and in some cases permission to repost is restricted—so please check before sharing!