Now that I am a teacher and have the month of April to spend exploring poetry with my students I have found so many delightful and unexpected aspects to poetry that I really enjoy.
Poetry can be fun.
Poetry can be playful.
Poetry can be playing with words.
Here is a brand new book of poetry that qualifies as all of the above that I will be sharing with classes this month.
Poetry can be simple.
Poetry can be surprising.
One poet I admire for his deceptively simple poems that are remarkably unforgettable is William Carlos Williams. For a long time I hung this well-known and beloved poem of his on my refrigerator door:
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold
April is Poetry Month.
I encourage you to take a moment and read a poem.
It may very well surprise you.