Realms of Light
April is Poetry Month in Canada!
The above photo of me was taken in my kitchen
this week by a photographer with our local newspaper.
There was a lovely article on the poetry group that I belong to. I am also a member of the Canadian Federation of Poets. In the article, the reporter mentioned the 1,200 poems that
I have written in the past 3 years. (1,100 of
which have been posted here at pipTalk!)
Our last open-mike poetry night, had TV cameras rolling and newspaper reporters taking photos.
It was wonderful to see all the interest and attention that the media is giving to poetry in Canada today!
This week also marked the 20th anniversary of
an art group that I founded. There was media coverage for that event as well.
The Arts are alive and well in Canada! I am so
pleased to be able to play a part, albeit small,
in bringing the arts to the general population.
During my interview with one reporter, I was asked
whether I thought poetry was for everyone. I responded with a resounding "Yes!" However, most people are not aware of it! That is why I am doing what I can to promote poetry by exposing more people to it! I believe that there should be more of an emphasis in our schools on teaching children how to write, read, and appreciate poetry. Through poetry, one becomes more in touch with their inner selves and with the world around them. There is a heightened connectedness with one's own self and with others. There is also more of an appreciation and respect for our environment. This comes from from an increase in awareness. Poets not only see ~ they look! They feel! They love! They share!
I recite my poetry at schools, libraries, company parties, public poetry readings, and other gatherings. I am getting "the word" out there, so to speak. We live in an age of inquiring minds and spiritual quests and it is my belief that the role of poetry in our lives is on the rise!
Ron, I commend you for your considerable contributions to keeping poetry alive and well
in the world!!!
I send love and respect to each and every one of my fellow pipster poets! It is also with heart-felt gratitude I sing the praises of Ron and his team of moderators and administrators! You are all making a difference.
Love & Poet's Light,