I may not be American but that doesn’t mean I’m not all for joining in the celebrations for National Poetry Month throughout April. Anything that promotes attention and appreciation towards the written word is great in my opinion, no matter where we are in the world.
Whether you read it, write it or both, I thought it would be nice to kick things off with something of a conversation about our own experiences with the form. So whether it’s discussing your most beloved poems, recommending your favourite collections, promoting your own pieces or talking about how you first got into poetry – I would love to hear all about it in the comments.
I’ll go first: My favourite poems are Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye, Leisure by W.H. Davies and Remember by Christina Rossetti, amongst others. I released my own collection called Seeking Solace at the start of this year (available in the UK here and the US here), which was a real dream come true. As such, I also love to support fellow indie poets and have read several collections from writers such as Marcia Meara, Jonathan Ojanpera, Just Patty, Kay Kauffman and Melissa Holden so far – all of which I recommend checking out.
Now, over to you. Feel free to share your thoughts about all things poetry.