Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Get your poems on: National Poetry Month is here

Judy Sheklin, secretary for Jacksonville’s chapter of the National Organization for Women, was my contact for the March 28 Women’s History Month reading.

One reason National Poetry Month makes me so happy is it’s something I look forward to in a month that also brings a date I dread: April 15. I despise all the paperwork that goes into filing taxes. Small comfort came this year because the filing deadline was extended due to the fact April 15 falls on a Sunday and the following day, Monday, April 16, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.

All I can say is FAIR TAX, PLEASE!

Anyway, poetry is a great comfort in good times and bad, so I’m always happy to see my favorite genre have a birthday. I did a column on South Carolina poet Jayne Jaudon Ferrer this week for The Writer; Jayne sends out a favorite poem to her many fans every single day in April. Check my Poetry Beat discussion thread at the Forum at The Writer; events in different states are listed there.

I did a reading last week for the Jacksonville chapter of the National Organization for Women at The Book Mark in Atlantic Beach. I had a wonderful time with these very accomplished women (and men). They served a stellar array of refreshments and wine, and we had a ball with poetry. More on that organization and their support for the Equal Rights Amendment in a future column.

Meanwhile, go read a poem. It’ll do your body and your spirit good.
To learn about the FairTax Book, visit Neal Boortz's site.
To learn more about Jax Now, visit their official site.
To learn more about my column Poetry Beat at The Writer, visit the magazine's site.
To learn more about South Carolina Poet Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, visit her site.

1 comment:

impermanentlife101 said...

I came upon this site by googling Judy Sheklin's name. I used to be a friend and associate between 1976-1978 when she first moved to Neptune Beach. She was a lovely and vibrant woman then and I see that she still maintains that aura of beauty. She was accomplished then and continues to dance in my mind. June Riley