From famous sonnets to silly limericks, it's time to celebrate - it's National Poetry Month!
April might be the cruelest month, according to T.S. Eliot, but it's the perfect time to celebrate all things poetry. From metrical poems to free verse to slam poetry, I think it's very easy to find something you will enjoy. And while I might be incredibly picky when it comes to what poetry I like, there is no "right" poetry to read. All that said, here are a couple of poets who consistently blow me away.
Last year I made it my goal to read poetry from poets I didn't hear about in school, and Asghar's If They Come for Us was the standout for me. Her poems are bold, her voice is strong, and she tells stories I haven't heard before or seen in the spotlight. I hope to see more poetry collections from her in the coming years.
I only started reading Mary Oliver poems this year, and I have been missing out. I live for nature poems, and Oliver has a way of looking at the beauty of the outdoors and translating that into words. Her poems are filled with great images and she avoids using overly-flowery or emotional language, which is something I greatly appreciate.
Listen, I know that Eliot is the most cliche response when it comes to answering the quesiton "Who is your favorite poet?" But you know what? I still get chills when I think of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and how the internal rhymes make the poem feel like how a harp sounds. To me, Eliot's poems are as close to music as you can get without actually writing a song.
And keep in mind these are just a handful of my favorite poets. There are so many more incredible writers and artists out there. Check out any of these titles and see what grabs you. Happy Poetry Month!