POETRY IS IMPORTANT AND YOU SHOULD LIKE IT

| April 16, 2014 | 4 Comments
Spring brings robins and poetry! | photo credit: jvverde via photopin cc

Spring brings robins and poetry! | photo credit: jvverde via photopin cc

It’s April, friends.

Which means that the sun is starting to shine and plants are starting to bloom and the birds and the bees are getting it on (or something like that?) and it’s National Poetry Month.

No, wait, stop! Don’t click away. You’re wrong! You do like poetry. You do! You just haven’t met the right poem yet. Let me be your poetry Tinder. Or OK Cupid. Or family friend forcing a semi-attractive prospective mate upon you. What I’m saying is, give me a chance here. You might just fall in love. Or in like, or even in quick infatuation. I’ve compiled some varied pickings for you to give a try…

There are few first lines that absolutely kill it the way this one does: “I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle.” Moore celebrates the poem as a place for the genuine, for the ordinary made extraordinary – for each of us. Give it a read.

Ugh, I’m trying to find a part to quote at you but it’s all just so perfect I can’t choose. Let’s go with this: “That we all wanted to be something. That we all became something. And it might not be the shit we once thought we’d be when we were kids, but something is still something. And like some cats say: something is better than nothing.” PLEASE WATCH THIS POEM.

Langston Hughes is amazing, always. When asked to write a “true” page for class, he came back with a one-page poem touching on the essence of truth, identity, race, and writing. An excellent passage: “It’s not easy to know what is true for you or me / at twenty-two, my age. But I guess I’m what / I feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you: / hear you, hear me—we two—you, me, talk on this page.

Cummings is amazing and all his springtime poetry is beautiful, alive, and unique. “o sweet spontaneous” speaks to the earth and our obsessive need to understand mysteries of nature. The conclusion of it all, “thou answerest / them only with / spring),” is simple and wildly complex all at once.

  • The “I Guess I’ll Include A Love Poem” Poem: When Love Arrives, Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye

This poem is wonderful, and can be comforting to college-age folk as we battle the raging seas of young adult romance. A good line: “Maybe Love stays– Maybe Love can’t.


For even more poetry you should love, check out my list from last year! Happy April. Get your poetry on.

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Cecilia Weddell

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Cecilia (or Ceci—not Cece, not Sassy) is a senior and co-Editor-in-Chief of Culture Shock. She is a Comparative Literature major and a math minor. Her time is spent speaking in and thinking about Spanglish, reading poetry, running (both with and without a basketball), and doing her best to smash the patriarchy. Tweet knock-knock jokes at her: @CCWeddell

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  1. Tino Bratbo says:

    I’m glad you included some Sarah Kay :)

  2. Jess Hackel says:

    Ceci!

    As someone who has fallen in and out and back in love with poetry, I, too, love finding poems that appeal to the h@terZ.

    Here’s a personal favorite:

    “Sean Penn Anti-Ode” By: Dean Young.
    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/178396

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