April is a great choice for National Poetry Month, with the pageantry of its flowers and the pomp and bluster of the weather. Nature plays a dramatic muse in early spring, and our dear Willow Glen readers kept up with her beautifully.
Over two dozen feature poets read at this month’s event. In keeping with Willow Glen tradition, readers first shared a favorite work by another author. Selected authors varied from Auden to Szymborska. However, Mary Oliver won the evening, selected by three readers.
Numbers aside, it was especially clear how much each poem meant to their reader–the degree to which each particular work consoled or inspired. This personal sharing was often amplified by each reader’s second selection: one of their own poems, many of which seemed a direct and intimate response.
It’s no wonder this April tradition is so powerful: It truly exemplifies the tranformative personal power in poetry, as well as the communal joy in its sharing.