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April is the Month for Poets

English: Spoken-word artist Zena Edwards

English: Spoken-word artist Zena Edwards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In honor of National Poetry Month I’d like to share a poem.

A poet; I am not

But I’ll give it all I’ve got

April is the month for poets

to celebrate their rhyming sonnets.

Maybe a haiku or iambic pentameter

it doesn’t really matter

rhyming or not

I like poetry a lot

 O.K. you don’t have to tell me.  I know that poetry is not my thing.  I was not blessed with the poetry gene, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it.  I especially enjoy spoken word sessions when poetry is spoken over music.  I do believe that one can learn the art and craft of poetry and produce good, technical poems.  However, I also believe that when someone has the gift of poetry they can connect with readers and listeners in a way that will defy all mechanics. 

Poetry as an art form was born out of humanity’s oral tradition of passing stories down from one generation to the next.  As a result, poems are best transmitted orally.  But as a written medium poetry is just as beautiful.  The physical shape of a written poem can enhance its meaning and give life to the words. 

When you meet a poet, they often have a collection of poems they have published or are about to publish.  While having your works bound in a book that you can sell is great, there are other ways that you as a poet can turn your verses into to dollars.

  • Jingle Writing
  • Advertising (print and commercials)
  • Greeting Cards
  • Novelties (bumper stickers, posters, key chains, t-shirts, etc.)
  • Public Speaking

Poetry and poets can often be misunderstood and viewed as a lesser art form, but be encouraged this month.  You have a voice and a unique way of viewing the world.  Poets have led movements and changed nations.  Our world is so much better due to the poets in it.  So celebrate this month and let your collective voices be heard. 

Until Next Week,

Nicole D. P. McLaughlins

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