April is National Poetry Month, and I’m tardy mentioning it, which is just wrong, since Mr. Misdiagnosed & Admitted is a fine poet. He’s not only good at writing and (of course) publishing poetry, he has a great voice for reading aloud. Here’s the proof.
(If you follow the link to the proof, the little orange graphic under the title is an audio player. Just click on the start button to hear “Unattended Consequences.” Then, check out the rest of the current issue of Unsplendid while you’re there.)
Every time I encounter poets who are spirited enough to find new ways to reach people with their work, I think of Douglas Goetsch’s account of teaching a group of exceptional high school students to write poetry on demand. After doing his best to familiarize them with the forms, Goetsch took the group of young poets to Palmer Square, in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey, and set up a roadside stand where they wrote customized poems on request and gave them to passersby.
This year, these poets and poetry projects reminded me of the poetry stand in Palmer Square:
And here are a few sources of poetry podcasts, if you really like being read to:
I hope your April is poetry.