Hey Capital Region, April is National Poetry Month


Editor’s Note: To celebrate National Poetry Month, Nippertown has invited the talented, local poet, Carol Durant to contribute to the site. Carol is a poet, author, playwright and event host. She is the founder and host of Outliers Poetry Brunch, an online monthly poetry brunch for the last three years. She is also the founder and host of Stage & Stanza, a bi-monthly online theater and poetry collaborative with Russell Sage College. Her latest book is Cold Pressed and Just Brewed Poetry. Her first book, Whole Phat and Gluten Free Poetry is the 2018 Book Excellence Award winner in poetry and was published in 2017. Check back every day for a new article, and poem.

Huh? What does that mean to you? It means I’m going to open the door and introduce you to more than a few local and regional poets. They are not hiding, they are living and thriving, on your street or next door. Apartment, condo, trailer park, house, partner, cis, trans, man, wife or spouse. Seeking to enlighten, frighten, entertain, explain and expand your soul and brain. 

Poets write about a myriad of topics. Some may be familiar, such as birds or eating, sitting or weeping. Other topics may trigger feelings of rancor, like a failed relationship or a test without time to redress. Poetry can be purposeful or effete, cantankerous or meek. You might like it or hate it, but give props to the author who made it come to light for you to muse and review. 

Poets create poems in notes on their phones. Laptop, tables, pens and loose paper. Compelled to create it now, before the thoughts ether. Sometimes the work really works. Other times the work smells like work. The craft is daft but we furiously type or fight with the pen until the wit actually ends. 

There are types of poetry that are familiar to you, such as a sonnet from Shakespeare or a haiku. From an ode to a blank verse with iambic pentameter to a humorous limerick with blushing candor. There is a poem I daresay, that will make your day sway from darkness to a lit pathway. Epic, narrative and pastoral poetry provides a lengthy journey to an unknown destination with your page turning anticipation. A villanelle casts a spell for nineteen lines you’re rooted until the end, again and again. You can write five haikus over seven days which may take you five minutes each time. Not really last or missed is the rhyming poem. It has stanzas with plenty to carry or pretend; it may cause a chuckle or stillness; due to the content and its realness. 

Well, this column is done and National Poetry Month has breached the horizon. Grab your glasses and comfy chair; enjoy the poems, laissez-faire.

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