Celebrating National Poetry Month in Dallas
Welcome to April! It’s National Poetry Month! Inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), the Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month in 1996. Along the way they enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations to help. National Poetry Month is now the largest literary celebration in the nation and the LBJ Station Ltd. Blog has some ideas, curated from Poets.org, about how members of our Dallas, TX apartment community can participate this month.
Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Day
— Write your own poem. If you are uncertain about how to go about it, it might be fun to sign up for a poetry writing class or attend a workshop or a poetry meetup.
—Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning. New poets are featured on weekdays, and weekends are reserved for classic poetry.
— Watch a movie about a poet, or one that is poetry themed. We suggest Dead Poets Society, starring Robin Williams, as his character asks, in reference to poetry and life, “What will your verse be?”
— Read a poem about poems, titled “Poem.” Or read or memorize a favorite poem.
— Support your favorite, local Dallas, TX bookstore and purchase a book of poetry.
— Join the Poetry Society of Texas (organized in 1921).
A blog about National Poetry Month wouldn’t be complete without a poem, so in honor of Arbor Day, coming up on April 27th, we’re including Joyce Kilmer’s famous poem about trees. Enjoy!
by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Celebrating poetry is, in a sense, celebrating life. What is your favorite poem? Have you memorized it? Share your favorite poem and tell us how you celebrated National Poetry Month in the comments.