What’s your favorite book, and why? Mine is and probably always will be A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s my favorite because I identified strongly with Meg, the main character at a time in junior high when I was ridiculed by my peers for my intelligence, awkwardness & whatever else they could find to pick on. Meg was my kindred spirit, and in her character, I found myself. A good book can do this for you. By the way, here’s an interesting timeline I found on the history of books.
The ballade originated in France and is a strictly rhymed and metered poem that has my little pea brain boggled on how to explain it, so click the handy link above. Here are some examples of ballades to help your comprehension (and mine!). Now that I’ve learned about the ballade, I think I will have to try writing one for myself. How are you celebrating this B day of National Poetry Month?
Beat Movement & Its Poetry: This Bohemian style of writing influenced a generation of non-conformists in the 1960s. It is the poetry I’m most comfortable with & I’d love to see a revival at spoken word & open mic events–I’ve even tried to recreate that vibe when I perform my own pieces at such gatherings. This style of poetry was meant to bring the art of poetry to the streets–edgier, free, raw and less confined by the constraints the academia demanded. You can still find traces of the beat movement in the small coffee shops and art centers tucked in quiet corners of cities all over the world.
What exactly is a broadside? In a nutshell, it’s a sheet of paper with art and words. It’s commonly used in bookstores for displaying original poetry & artwork, and it can either be handcrafted & posted on bulletin boards at will…or it can also be a broadside including the words of a famous poet and/or artist for a cost. Most coffeehouses, libraries & bookstores have a bulletin board where you can post a broadside for the world (or at least your community) to see.
A smaller version of the broadside is a poetry bookmark. You can download free poetry bookmarks found on the internet, or get inspired to make one of your own with your favorite, original or found poem! If you want to pay-it-forward, slip a poetry bookmark into the next library book return.
Art, film, books, poetry, music, dance–all of these are meant to inspire you in a beautiful and meaningful ways. May you be broadsided by the arts in an inspiring way today and every day.