Just What You Need: A Weekend Poetry Read

Happy Birthday to world famous poet Margaret Atwood!

Rhyming is one of the first forms of written expression that we learned growing up. In elementary school, we were asked to write poetry about our friends, family and pets. We all smiled at our glad Dads and cats on mats. Valentine’s Day taught us that roses are red and violets are blue. Dr. Seuss made sure that we all knew, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” In our teen years, we secretly wrote poetry about loneliness and heartache, but would never have admitted it to anyone. We argued that our favorite musician is today’s Shakespeare. We memorized a wide variety of the all encompassing genre of “Poetry”, including “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” and “In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days”.

Becoming a famous poet is no easy feat. Sure, anyone can rhyme. Trust me, I do it all the time. However, poetry is often very personal, making it extremely difficulty to accurately express emotions without either a) being too cheesy, or b) excluding the reader. Poetry connoisseurs are a very critical audience; either they love a poem or they hate it. Most acclaimed poets are also novelists, journalists or musicians because writing poetry is often thought of as being a hobby, or a side project. Therefore, nothing makes me happier than seeing a published book of well written poetry because if you can do it, so can we!

Before I give you my poetry recommendations for the weekend, I want to impart these words of wisdom from novelist Franz Kafka:
“In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite.”

For Sale:

Tonya Renee McRaft has created a compilation
of poetic stories that were written for the reader’s
enjoyment. Inspired and created from her own
experiences and imagination.

For Free:

Talented illustrator Anja Uhren has created
an expressive and provocative poem about the
problems lying “underneath” the fashion industry.

For Fun:
My favorite beat poetry video from So I Married an Axe Murderer: The Woman Woman Poem.

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