It is April already! This means that we are now in National Poetry Month.
National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world and marks poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives (Poets.org). This month let’s celebrate our poets, read some more poetry, write some more poetry and share some more poetry. Never read a poem before? You can check out this article on How to Read Poem by Edward Hirsch.
In local poetry news, Ann-Margaret Lim’s new collection, Kingston Buttercup, will be out this summer. You can read an interview with her about the collection in today’s (3 April 2016) Bookends in the Sunday Observer.
Calabash is right around the corner! I have made zero preparation to go but I need to attend and hear and see the awesome writers who will be sharing their art and get inspired! I have been focusing on every aspect of who I am except for the writer. It is hard to carve out that time in between everything else that I have going on. I can barely make time for this blog. Right now my idea of reading Mary Jo Bang’s The Last Two Seconds is having it sitting on my night stand. So many goals, so little time and what little time I have gets eaten away by fear and anxiety. I am trying to stop feeding the monsters and feed hope and optimism instead, though it is easier said than done.
I wish I could just take a month off to just read and so some writing. I do not even necessary want to be fed, except for maybe wine, chocolate and ice cream and a tequila sunrise now and then. It would be great to do this in a Swiss château but at this point anywhere will do. I have come to the realization, that I need my art so now I am just going to have to figure out how to get myself into a position to give it the attention it needs. I think this must be the cry of other artists and artistes out there but we have to be courageous and for us poets out there, there is no better time than National Poetry Month to get started on our quest!