This World Poetry Day, Get Into Poems In 3 Easy Ways
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By Kerri Jarema
If you're anything like me, poetry collections intimidate you more than any other type of book. I'm not sure where this poetry fear starts for many of us. Perhaps from school, where we're expected to read "classic" poems, mostly by white men, from outdated curriculums that so many of us just don't relate to. Maybe it's from this widely accepted idea that poetry has to be completely broken apart to its foundations, searching for some hidden meaning in every single word, that takes away the joy of just listening to the rhythm of a poem. Whatever it is, this World Poetry Day, is the perfect time to start rethinking our collective relationship with poetry. And I've got three fun and easy ways to do it.
World Poetry Day has been celebrated every March 21 since 1999, when The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the date as a way "...to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity."
Poetry is more accessible than ever and whether you're new to the artform or are already a major fan, any of these three activities will help you make the most of celebrating the unique and ever-growing world of poetry: