April is Poetry Month, a national celebration.
Sure, we should celebrate poetry year-round, just as we celebrate our love of reading and writing.
But considering this will be the time when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture, and the fact that I will be busy with the A to Z Challenge during April, I would like to take this last week of March and show my love for poetry.
Please feel free to join in. What are your favorite poems?
The celebration begins with Dorothy Parker’s “A Certain Lady.”
Oh, I can smile for you, and tilt my head,And drink your rushing words with eager lips,And paint my mouth for you a fragrant red,And trace your brows with tutored finger-tips.When you rehearse your list of loves to me,Oh, I can laugh and marvel, rapturous-eyed.And you laugh back, nor can you ever seeThe thousand little deaths my heart has died.And you believe, so well I know my part,That I am gay as morning, light as snow,
And all the straining things within my heartYou’ll never know.Oh, I can laugh and listen, when we meet,And you bring tales of fresh adventurings, —Of ladies delicately indiscreet,Of lingering hands, and gently whispered things.And you are pleased with me, and strive anewTo sing me sagas of your late delights.Thus do you want me — marveling, gay, and true,Nor do you see my staring eyes of nights.And when, in search of novelty, you stray,Oh, I can kiss you blithely as you go ….And what goes on, my love, while you’re away,You’ll never know.