Poetry: Power in Words
"April is the cruelest month..." declares T.S. Eliot in the first line of The Waste Land. Yet, walking around town, one sees the daffodils blooming, the forsythia branches bathed in a yellow haze--a promise of the brilliant yellow that will erupt soon, birds actively constructing nests, ospreys returning, buds popping out on the rhododendron bushes. The days are warmer and the sun's rays are gaining strength. April is a time of promise! And during this time of rebirth and promise--what better month to celebrate poetry.
Succintly, poetry expresses dreams, humor, hope and comfort. The staff at Eight Cousins has selected some of their favorite poems and books that celebrate the beauty--and fun--that is poetry.
In her introduction, Bialosky notes, "Poetry has given me more sustenance, meaning, joy, and consolation than I could hope for in this life, and in return, it is my hope that this book might open the door of poetry for others."
Open her book to any chapter, read an old favorite poem or be introduced to a new poet, close your eyes, and experience the unique way the poem speaks to you. (from Mary Fran)
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson. Poetry literally saved my sanity! Dickinson's short poems, with their short lines, helped me to re-learn how to read.