Whether you believe that “April is the cruelest month” (T.S. Eliot) or remember how
“In April, In April
To follow a thread of song.” (Dorothy Parker)
there’s no escaping the seasonal change from winter to spring, symbolically death to life, that comes in April. Maybe that’s why April is National Poetry Month.
What is poetry, anyway? Definitions vary, but we know it when we see it. Even kids can enjoy it:
"There’s a Polar Bear
In Our Frigidaire—
He likes it ‘cause it’s cold in there."
From "Bear In There" by Shel Silverstein
Poetry rewards your investment. If you only have five minutes to read, read a poem. Then think about it all day. Whether you enjoy the language of a Dylan Thomas, the evasive meaning of an Emily Dickinson, or the still contemporary rhythms of the Beat poets, check it out.
Books on poetry are found on non-fiction shelves in the 800s in the "1"s -- with the tens number representing the language in which the poetry is written. For example, 811 is American poetry, and 821 is British poetry.