Happy National Poetry Month, wonderful readers! Yay!!! (I never use more than one exclamation mark, so this is serious business.)
Here’s the deal. I love poetry. I watch spoken word clips on YouTube at least twice a week. I read poetry for fun. I’m taking part in National Poetry Writing Month, though it’s kind of hard to crank out a poem everyday so please don’t judge me.
Don’t worry, though. I get it. I know how people feel about poetry. They either hate it because they “don’t get it,” or love it because they pretend they “get it.” But I have good news for those of you who hate it! THERE IS A POEM IN THIS WORLD FOR EVERYONE. So I’m going to spill my secret inspirations and share all the poems I love with you. While I’m sure some of you might hate my favorite poems, maybe one of you won’t. That’s all I really want. I want to bring at least one poem to you, Reader. Here goes nothing …
- My Favorite Poem of All Time: TS Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Seriously, this is beautiful. I still don’t understand all of it, but I’ve decided that it’s a melancholy/regretful/perfect love song to all of life. I’m sure you’ll find at least one line that speaks to you. My favorite lines (augh, so hard to choose!): “Do I dare/Disturb the universe?/In a minute there is time/For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
- The Most Baller Love Poem: e.e. cummings’s since feeling is first. Screw conformity and organization, love is chaotic! Swoon. My favorite lines: “lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry/—the best gesture of my brain is less than/your eyelids’ flutter”.
- Best ‘I’m Stressed Out! Poetry, You Understand Me!’ Poem: Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Simple rhyme scheme, short and sweet: an easy read with lots of meaning. My favorite lines: “The woods are lovely, dark and deep./But I have promises to keep,/And miles to go before I sleep,/And miles to go before I sleep.”
And now! Time for the Spoken Word Amazingness Section:
- Andrea Gibson is my favorite. Such a brilliant, thoughtful person with such talent. I would give you a bunch of her poems, because they’re great, but here’s one to start. My favorite line: “You are not weak just because your heart feels so heavy. I have never met a heavy heart that wasn’t a phone booth with a red cape inside. Some people will never understand the kind of superpower it takes for some people to just walk outside.”
- Best Collaborative Performance: Adam Falkner and Jeanann Verlee with Thank You. This makes me have feelings. I don’t think it would be the same if they weren’t speaking it over each other. Favorite line: “I wanted to tell you about my (mother, father). How (his, her) eyes, like yours, are of forgiveness.”
I think I could go on forever, but here’s a taste. If you want to talk poetry, find me in the Comments. But since these poems are incredibly important to me, refrain from breaking my heart and saying you hate them. Instead, share something you love! Happy Poetry Month, everybody.
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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