Poetry Is Meant to Be Shared
April 9th, 2012 · Galina Chernykh · Staff Recommendations
April is National Poetry Month. Libraries and poems share something in common. Both offer worlds of discovery that challenge us to view our lives from a different perspective.
Poetry is meant to be shared. I’d like to share some poems and public performances that have touched me deeply:
The 23-year-old spoken-word poet’s 2011 TED talk inspired two standing ovations. Sarah is young, talented, and has a true gift for language. She is the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E. Check Sarah’s Spoken Word Poetry Playlist!
Charles Simic was appointed America’s Poet Laureate for 2007-8. He received the Pulitzer Prize for The World Doesn’t End, and has published more than 60 books in the U.S. and abroad.
Natalie Merchant sings from her new album, Leave Your Sleep. Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet. Such the magical power of words and music!
In her poems and plays, Suheir Hammad blends the stories and sounds of her Palestinian-American heritage with the vibrant language of Brooklyn to create a passionately modern voice. It’s powerful, beautiful and emotional poetry.
"God save America My home sweet home! I too love jeans and jazz and Treasure Island and Long John Silver's parrot and the terraces of New Orleans I love Mark Twain and the Mississippi steamboats and Abraham Lincoln's dogs I love the fields of wheat and corn and the smell of Virginia tobacco. But I am not American..."
It gave me goose bumps as I read it for the first time! You should read this poem out loud.
Woke up this morning feeling excellent, picked up the telephone dialed the number of my equal opportunity employer to inform him I will not be in to work today. "Are you feeling sick?" the boss asked me "no sir," I replied: "I am feeling too good to report to work today. if I feel sick tomorrow I will come in early!"
Enjoy, and happy National Poetry Month!