During the month of December, we are going to focus on a tough question: “Why does poetry matter?” For some of us, we have unpleasant memories of high school english teachers disecting a poem, line by line, assigning it definitive meaning, right or wrong answers on a quiz. In college, you may have discovered poets you loved, ones that spoke to you, ones that you understood. But maybe you didn’t, instead skipping over to fiction where you thought all the fun was.
Personally, I haven’t had enough poetry in my life. I connected with very few poets while in school and didn’t bother to search for them on my own until I was much older. With the rise of poetry online, through Instagram especially, our generation has a whole new perspective of poetry, modern poetry, that many in the older generation don’t claim to be poetry at all. This sparks so many questions such as “what is poetry?” “Does it have a definition?” “Can we claim that someone’s art is “wrong?”’
Overall, despite all the questions, poetry is beautiful, its raw, its honest, its so profoundly human. Modern poetry, especially, is so diverse, sharing so many different perspectives of culture, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, identity…the list goes on.
This month, we are going to have lots of discussion about all of the above but mostly we are going to be reading and writing as many poems as we can!
Be sure to follow the tribe on Instagram, where I will be posting a poetry collection or an individual poem everyday for the entire month of December! If you want to participate tag you poetry photos with #WOTDpoetrymonth so I can see them and share with the tribe!