In her wonderful book, Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words,poet Kim Rosen writes about the different ways in which we can experience poetry–intellectually, emotionally, and even physiologically.
In a section of her book called “The Yoga of Poetry” she explains that the word yoga means, “to bind, join, attach and yoke, to direct and concentrate one’s attention on, to use and apply. It also means union or communion. It is the true union of our will with the will of God.”
Rosen, also a spoken-word artist, explains that memorizing a poem can also be a yoking or union of ourselves with the larger meaning of the poem. She says that if we choose a poem we know will take us beyond our comfort zone, the yoga of joining our consciousness to the consciousness inherent in the words of the poem will stretch us from the inside out.
The words of the poem enter our body as well as our mind. She says, “It affects your lungs, your pulse, and the tones and textures of your voice.” Read more
As we celebrate National Poetry Month, we thought you might enjoy three poetry posts from the early days of our blog.
In An experiment in form: Channeling a beat poet, Carol writes about how she was inspired to write a sestina.
Write lyrically by reading poetry was inspired by a tip from author Cristina Garcia.
Poet or not, in Two exercises to help you write poetically, Garcia offers tips that enhance your writing.
Poetry can make us laugh or cry, it can give us sustenance when we need it most, it can make us fall in love with words. Poetry can grab you by the shirt collar and drag you into a golden field full of mountain lupine or toss you high on a wave. Poetry can drown you in dandelion fluff.
As part of National Poetry Month, today is, “Poem in Your Pocket Day.”
“Select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others throughout the day. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.”
Poets.org also has pocket-sized poem PDFs for you to download and carry with you.
The poem I’m carrying with me today is one my blog partner Carly shared with me earlier this year when I was going through a difficult time: “Self Portrait” by poet David Whyte.
What poem will you carry? Please share!
This month at One Wild Word, we’re celebrating poetry and its role in American culture. In my previous post, I offered several suggestions for celebrating National Poetry Month. Another way to appreciate poetry is through movies about poetry and poets.
Here are several films you might enjoy.
Janet Jackson, Khandi Alexander, Maya Angelou, Tupac Shakur are among the actors in Poetic Justice, which features the poetry of Maya Angelou.
The Basketball Diaries, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jim Carroll, a basketball star at a Catholic prep school whose promising future shatters down when he becomes addicted to glue-sniffing and then heroin. He finds healing through journaling and his poems and monologues become his Basketball Diaries.
Dead Poets Society is a classic film about poetry starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, and Ethan Hawke. Robin Williams portrays an English teacher who doesn’t fit into the conservative prep school where he teaches, but whose love of poetry inspires several boys to revive a secret society.
For more movies about poetry, visit poets.org, the website of The Academy of American Poets.
In honor of National Poetry Month, I wanted to share three previous posts on the subject of poetry:
What I learned by reading poetry in front of the Rotary Club is a fun post about my evening out with other poets at a local Rotary Club event.
In Improve your writing craft with this assignment from author Ray Bradbury Carly shares my all time favorite tip from this amazing man. Hint: this advice is not just for poets.
Three poetry sites to inspire your muse is a post that lists three websites I subscribe to and why.
It’s time to celebrate poetry.
In the U.S., it’s National Poetry Month, and you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy and share poetry this month. Attend a poetry reading (or organize one yourself), carry a poem in your pocket, or send someone a letter with a poem enclosed.
For more ways to celebrate National Poetry Month in your community, check out this list of 30 ideas.
If you’d like to enrich your life with poetry all year long, sign up to receive a poem a day via e-mail.
To mark this month, many state’s are holding events. Choose your state to find local poets, poems, events, literary journals, writing programs, poetry organizations, and more.