Friday, March 26, 2010

National Poetry Month

April is around the corner, and every year we celebrate National Poetry Month.

Poetry is hard to define, but easy to enjoy. William Wordsworth defined poetry as 'the spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling.' Dylan Thomas, however, defined poetry this way: 'Poetry is what makes me laugh or cry or yawn, what makes my toenails twinkle, what makes me want to do this or that or nothing.'

No matter how you define it, poetry is a lot of things to a lot of people, but basically, poetry is a type of literature in which the sound and meaning of language are combined to create ideas and feelings, just like the music of language. T. S. Eliot wrote 'April is the cruellest month' in his poem, The Waste Land, and Christina G. Rossetti praised April in her poem, The Days Are Clear as:

The days are clear,
Day after day,
When April's here,
That leads to May,
And June
Must follow soon:
Stay, June, stay!...
If only we could stop the moon
And June!

We have so many poetry books located in the poetry corner (under our Poet Tree). Stop by and pick one out. Or, how about poetry reading program? If you like poetry, come and enjoy our program on Saturday, April 10, at 1:30 p. m.: Music, Rhythm, and Rhyme performance by Oba Wiiliam King. He and his company's warm and easy spirit fills listeners with a sense of joy and hope, with music, storytelling, and drums.

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    April is National Poetry Month. The 3rd Annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest Challenges Kids to Write Sonnets to Spaniels, Prose for Persian Cats

    Colorado Springs, CO (March1, 2010) –April marks the 14th anniversary of National Poetry Month.
    To help celebrate, budding Emily Dickinsons and Edgar Allan Poes are encouraged to participate in the 3rd annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest (PawsforPoetry.org). To enter, children ages 5-12 are to write a poem to, and provide a photo of, their favorite animal friend. The contest is co-sponsored by kids’ virtual field trip Web site Meet Me at the Corner (MeetMeAtTheCorner.org) and Flashlight Press (FlashLightPress.com ).

    Original poems of any length may be submitted in one of two categories: Group One (ages 5-9) and Group Two (ages 10-12). One grand prize winner in each category will receive a prize package worth $50.00. Two runners-up in each category will receive a $25.00 gift package. Children’s author, poet, and Iraqi war veteran Thad Krasnesky, writer of the upcoming “That Cat Can’t Stay” (Flashlight Press, 2010) is the contest judge.

    In addition to the prize packages, winning poems and pet photos will be highlighted in an upcoming Meet Me at the Corner video pod cast. The pod cast will be videotaped at New York’s Angellicle Cat Rescue Center. Local students will present the winning poems.

    All submissions should be mailed to “Paws for Poetry” Contest, c/o Meet Me at the Corner, 20 West Del Norte, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908. The contest deadline is April 15, 2010.

    For more information, rules and submission guidelines, visit PawsforPoetry.org.


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