April is National Poetry Month in Canada.
Reading poetry has always been a challenge for me. I tend to read too fast, often missing the lyrical flow or cadence of the poem. A good friend suggested that I read the poems aloud. What a difference that simple suggestion has made to my appreciation of poetry.
I also now limit myself to reading one poem at a sitting, rather than my typical approach of blitzing through a bunch of poems at a time.
In celebration of National Poetry month, why not (re)discover a Canadian poet and reap the benefits:
Animals of My Own Kind: new and selected poems, by Harry Thurston
The New Blue Distance, by Jeanette Lynes
Expressway, by Sina Queyras
Sumac’s Red Arms, by Karen Shklanka