Wake: Up to Poetry
"The act of poetry is a rebel act."
When Googling recent poetry news, I came across an article titled “The bursting buds of poetry,” published yesterday by the Gloucester Times. This turned out to be an opinion article by Ruthanne “Rufus” Collinson about National Poetry Month. Collinson always wondered why April was chosen as National Poetry Month, as did I. I guess I always thought they chose a random month, taking into consideration optimal poetry-reading weather. Thanks to Collinson, I got another clue: April has a Latin origin, meaning “to open.” There are many things involved with poetry that relate to opening. To begin with, reading poetry traditionally requires opening a book. The best place to read poetry, especially in April, can be gotten to by opening your front door. And of course to fully understand and appreciate poetry, one must open their mind. Therefore not only does April have some of the best poetry-reading weather, but it also may have the best Latin origin.
I was particularly excited to find this article because Gloucester, MA is where my summer house is. The Gloucester Times is synonymous to beach reading for me. I realized after reading this article and reflecting on my year at the Press that poetry will most likely find a spot next to me on the beach this summer. There’s no place to read like the beach, and no subject to read like Irish poetry.
And so the countdowns begin: 4 days left of National Poetry Month, 9 days left of North Carolina…