National Poetry Month

I don’t know how a month is determined to be the “National Whatever Month”. For instance, how about from now on March is known as “Read eCache Month”? Anyhow, March is known as National Poetry Month.

As a student, I was a typical guy; I just didn’t “get” poetry. As an adult, I may not be much different. Although, through my life I have experienced poetry and at least can take the Potter Stewart approach to it (Interestingly, Stewart abandoned that idea later.).

I recall writing a long paper about The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock in high school. Ah, in the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo.

Another Eliot poem caught my fancy: The Waste Land. My early Internet days paid homage to this poem.

I taught poetry to my fourth graders. Cinquain, haiku, and other formula-driven styles of poetry were easier to use. Some of the results were quite good. I’ll have to dig out some of the anthologies we created. Haiku has kept on as Dave, Will, and I battle it out over at BBT every now and then.

Despite my lack of enthusiasm and skill with poetry, I did have one poem published once (and not just on this blog). It’s more free verse than anything else.

So, in honor of poetry, happy month!

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  1. Just hitting you back – thanks for the comment some months back! Nice to see someone reads the content besides the SpamBots!

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