Why not di-verse-ify with poetry this month?

There are a myriad of things to celebrate and support during the month of April. One of those things is poetry. To quote W.S. Gilbert’s Pirate King and his crew (soon to be seen in the UCF-supported Summer Savoyards’ 2012 production, The Pirates of Penzance):

KING: “Although we live by strife,
We’re always sorry to begin it,
For what, we ask, is life
Without a touch of Poetry in it?”

ALL: “Hail, Poetry, thou heav’n-born maid!
Thou gildest e’en the pirate’s trade.
Hail, flowing fount of sentiment!
All hail, all hail, divine emollient!”

You can help BAMirror celebrate National Poetry Month by posting either an original poem or a poem that is one of your favorites. If you send your own work, please include what inspired your writing. (Shameless plugs of published volumes or upcoming public readings are encouraged.) If you choose to send in someone else’s poetry, please include why that particular poem speaks to you.