National Poetry Month

The English major in me just can't help but share the news that it's National Poetry Month. Poetry was a bigger part of my life during high school and undergrad years than it is now, sadly. It wasn't much talked about in my master's program, either. But this great website is inspiring and makes me want to bring poetry back into my life more often.

Off the top of my head, poets that have stayed with me are Denise Levertov, Joy Harjo, e.e. cummings, John Donne, and of course the Psalms, especially since becoming part of the Greek Orthodox Church. One of the most beautiful performances I have seen was a reading by Joy Harjo during my junior year at college. I can't forget the opening lines of her poem, Grace: 'I think of Wind and her wild ways and the year we had nothing to lose and lost it anyway in the cursed country of the fox.'

Who are your favorite poets? How do you incorporate poetry into your life?

1 comment:

Mimi said...

Oh, I really love Denise Levertov as well - IIRC, she was either Orthodox or had an Orthodox background.

Which reminds me, I should see about finding a book of hers.