World Poetry Day 2012
This is the Time for Poetry
In 1999, UNESCO named March 21 World Poetry Day as a way to “support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.”
Take a moment to celebrate this World Poetry Day by reading “This is the Time for Poetry: A Conversation with Alice Walker.” The Pulitzer-prize winning author with seven collections of poetry under her belt distills the art form beautifully, saying: “It’s direct even sometimes when you have to turn it upside down to understand it. There’s still something embedded in it that directness [that leads] to the heart. Especially in times of revolution and times of great upheaval and change. And it just does that naturally. You don’t have to play around wondering when it’s going to come. It moves the people. It’s just right there.”
If you’re something of a bard yourself, don’t forget to enter the CBC’s Canada Writes Poetry Prize by submitting an original, unpublished poem or poetry collection by May 1. Prizes include $6,000 and a two-week residency at the Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, an idyllic retreat on the Banff Centre campus in the Canadian Rockies. The Colony features eight unique artist studios each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect, including the Henriquez Studio for writers by Richard Henriquez.
[Top Image: A draft of maggie and milly and molly and may by e.e. cummings]