National Poetry Month (NPM09)

Who is pumped?! I look forward toNational Poetry Month (April) during the other 11 months, and now it starts up tomorrow. You can check out my '07 and '08 posts to whet your appetite. It's going to be a month full of delight and pain and discovery and contemplation. I hope you, even if not a big fan of poetry, will awake a bit more through poetry to the wonder of things usually unnoticed.  Here are a few quotes about poetry to get us thinking...

Poetry fosters and nurtures life by finding wonder in the nooks and crannies of ordinary life. (via)

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. -Robert Frost

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. -Percy Shelley, A Defence of Poetry, 1821

Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry. -W.B. Yeats

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. -Plato, Ion