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Poetry Month! whoops!

April 9, 2010

April snuck up on me. It’s Poetry Month!

Wow, I’ve been out of touch with poetry for years, I think. There was an element of poetry in my life courtesy of Women’s Voices for Change- the fun of reading and promoting their Poetry Friday. Check out this week’s

I took several poetry classes right after college. I have about half a manuscript’s worth of poems that still make me proud to reread. But I’ve gotten really far out of the realm of actually writing and reading poetry. First, the writing fell away, or was replaced by getting to do other kinds of writing that I really enjoyed, book reviews, features, and of course, food and beer.

And then it got to the point where I scarcely read poetry. Didn’t dip into the volumes I had on my shelf. Read it online, some. Stopped getting my Poetry magazine subscription.

Here we are, over a week into Poetry Month- and I feel out of step, feel like I’m far behind and far out of the world of poetry. I remember there are poems I enjoyed. I can even reread some of them and feel the same.

I don’t feel very poetic about April. October and November suggest poetry to me much more emphatically.  This April feels unpoetic- such humid weather! I’m in summer reading mode. Give me novels!

And yet– I remember that I liked poetry. Reading and writing it. I feel guilty about the lapse. Maybe it’s time to pick it back up again.

Where to start…. I wonder if there’s a random poem generator somewhere on the Internet?

The Star-Ledger’s latest poetry round-up reminds me I’ve never read Leaves of Grass. Though I think I’d rather read Whitman’s nonfiction, Specimen Days.

Off to read WVFC Poetry Friday archives.

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