Happy World Poetry Day!

When a planned vacation day becomes an unexpected sick day and that day happens to be World Poetry Day, I found myself in bed with a few volumes of poetry and a cup of tea. Honestly, while I would rather not be sick, there’s no better way to get through it than to steep myself in words and tea.

Here are the volumes I’m curling up with today: Rachel McKibben’s Pink Elephant, Jon Sand’s The New Clean,  Margaret Atwood’s True Stories, and Tracey K. Smith’s Life on Mars.

If you don’t own a book of poetry and are lucky enough to have internet access, I’ve also compiled a list of some of my favorite poems below:

The Widower” by Rachel McKibbens (published by FRiGG Magazine)

Lighting” by Sarah Kay (published by decomP literary journal)

Home (Initial Findings)” by Franny Choi (published by Rattle)

The Perm” by Sierra DeMulder (published by Used Furniture Review)

After My Friend Phylis Show Me the New York Times Obituary Headline” by Rosemerry Trommer (published by Rattle)

One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII” by Pablo Neruda (published in The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems, edited by Mark Eisner)

And if none of that tickles your fancy, there is always Shel Silverstein, who to this day remains one of my favorite poets. He made poetry accessible and readable as a child, which was invaluable.

What I love about poetry is that it’s not always the most sophisticated or earth-shatteringly important poems that make the biggest impact; sometimes the most important thing about poetry is when and how and where you find it (or when and how and where it finds you).

So with today being World Poetry Day, make sure you read a poem or two or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try writing one. No matter what make today poetic!

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How are you celebrating World Poetry Day? What are some of your favorite poems? Who are your favorite poets? Do you own any volumes of poetry? If so, which?

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