April is National Poetry Month

The Empire State Building honors National Poetry MonthThe Academy of American Poets is celebrating its tenth month-long literary celebration of poetry next month. They want us to remember Emily Dickinson’s words, “Nature is a haunted house – but Art – is a house that tries to be haunted.”

During the month, ten poetry readings will be held in ten cities, the first being in Vancouver, BC. Why they couldn’t find a tenth US city, I don’t know; but maybe Vancouver is a would-be American city–an American-enough city. Probably they’re just willing to have a reading. (Did they ask poets in Houston or Athens, TX? St. Louis, maybe?) New York will get involved with a light display on the Empire State Building. Pictured is the one from last year. They will also have a benefit gala at the Lincoln Center on April 5 with a handful of familiar faces and voices, including everyone’s favorite former anchorman Dan Rather.

But the fundamental point of this celebration is for you and I to enjoy more poetry. What do you think of that? Do you enjoy poetry or do you return it to the shelf still hungry?

Jeff Grim
Jeff Grim has been a reader all of his life. He has had a particular interest in military history, any war at any time. His fascination with military history has brought him to an interest in historical fiction where the history comes alive with fictitious heroes and villains. Recently, Jeff has become interested in historical mysteries set in various time periods.


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