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…
- Poem for Poetry-Haters and Lovers Alike: Poetry, by Marianne Moore
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.
- A Spoken Word Poem That Just Gets It, Man: Here Am I, by Anis Mojgani
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.
- Beautiful Poem About Identity and Unity and Distinction and Getting Assigned to Write Poetry for a Class: Theme for English B, Langston Hughes
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.”
- A Poem for Happy Spring Days: o sweet spontaneous, e.e. cummings
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.
About the Author (Author Profile)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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