Celebrating Poetry

quote_poetry_rita-dove-585x585Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month aims “to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. [The Academic of American Poets] hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.”

As we continue celebrating poetry this week (and the rest of April), we’re sharing a poem from one of our Writing Center tutors, Brooke, who recently read a piece at the Wake up to Poetry event. 

“I read this poem at the Wake Up to Poetry open mic [event]. I hadn’t planned to read anything, but some of my friends from class were reading their work and encouraged me to do so as well. Standing in front of everyone, I couldn’t believe I’d voluntarily signed up to read such a personal poem to a room of my friends, professors, and peers–I’m usually a pretty shy person. But immediately after I finished reading, everyone applauded. I went back to my seat, proud of myself for overcoming fear to perform my poetry. If you have any interest in performing your work, I’d definitely say go for it. Sharing your work with others may seem intimidating at first, but I promise it’s worth it.” 

On Snow

My first thought when I noticed
snowflakes falling from the sky
was hopeful—
I wanted to build a snowman,
a snow fort, a snowball
at least,
to create anything at all
but when I reached down
to pack tiny white crystals into
something new, everything
dissolved
into powder,
too ephemeral
to form
something concrete
and the flakes fell back down
on the ground beside my boots
I remembered something my dad said
on a snow day in third grade
as my brother and I tried to form snowballs
from the powder
“It won’t work—
it’s not good packing snow.”
And I can’t help thinking, maybe
you and I
just weren’t
good
packing snow.

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