April was chosen as the month
Poetry would be declared
Readable and enjoyable,
Instead of ignored or sufferingly read.
Let the words speak for themselves,
Poets show their true worth.
Open all your minds and hearts,
Enjoy poetry’s re-birth.
Try to connect with the words,
Rhyme or freestyle verse.
Yesterday’s poets have had their fame,
Move on to the new wave.
Old time poems were taught in school,
Now contemporary leads the way.
Take the time, each day, to read a poem,
Have a fine poetic month.
by John Hansen © 2018
What is National Poetry Month?
National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.
Who started it?
Inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), the Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month in 1996. (source: www.poets.org)
After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.
I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.
I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.
It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.
I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.