Despite being a huge poetry lover and an English teacher, I forgot that April is National Poetry Month. Allow me to make amends.
I got into poetry at a very young age when I found a poetry book in the trash. It had been a textbook once upon a time but it opened a new world to me. In poetry, your words could be shaped like an animal or a diamond, you didn't have to use capitalization or punctuation or proper grammar. If the poet really knew what he or she was doing they could use poetry to make you cry or laugh. A good poet can even make high school tolerable. Here are a few of my favorite poems. Enjoy.
The Bistro Styx by Rita Dove
Variations on the Word Sleep by Margaret Atwood
Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath
Sonnet 17 by Pablo Neruda
the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls by ee cummings
I heard a fly buzz when I died by Emily Dickinson