God Bless the Poets


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Some where between Now and Then

Poetry has been lost.

Somewhere between youth and age

the words of Poets have become

lost and forgotten and hidden from view.

When I was a child, not so very long ago,

relative to my friends who are in their 90’s,

Poetry has been relegated to some small scrap of paper

on a list of curriculum that stretches from

1st grade long into our university years.

When I was a child that tiny scrap was a book of Poetry every semester,

and then a chapter,

and then a chapter a year

and now

maybe

a Poem,

Maybe one Poem

a year.

National Poetry Month

is upon us and I sing its praises to the night sky.

I will be posting a poem a day during the month.

I have been opened by Poets.

I have been moved by Poets.

I have been changed by Poets.

I am a Poet.

I offer this as tribute to each of them,

to each of you who pick up pen and put it to paper.

God Bless the Poets.

Peace and Poetry,

Jen

Thank you Always to

The Academy of American Poets

How to Read a Poem: Beginner’s Manual

by Pamela Spiro Wagner
First, forget everything you have learned, 
that poetry is difficult, 
that it cannot be appreciated by the likes of you, 
with your high school equivalency diploma, 
your steel-tipped boots, 
or your white-collar misunderstandings. 

Do not assume meanings hidden from you: 
the best poems mean what they say and say it. 

To read poetry requires only courage 
enough to leap from the edge 
and trust.  

Treat a poem like dirt, 
humus rich and heavy from the garden. 
Later it will become the fat tomatoes 
and golden squash piled high upon your kitchen table. 

Poetry demands surrender,
language saying what is true,
doing holy things to the ordinary.

Read just one poem a day. 
Someday a book of poems may open in your hands 
like a daffodil offering its cup
to the sun. 

When you can name five poets 
without including Bob Dylan, 
when you exceed your quota 
and don't even notice, 
close this manual.Congratulations.
You can now read poetry.

Thank you as always to

~ by Step On a Crack on April 2, 2013.

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