Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Today is...

UNESCO World Poetry Day!

From the UN website
Poetry contributes to creative diversity, by questioning anew our use of words and things, our modes of perception and understanding of the world. Through its associations, its metaphors and its own grammar, poetic language is thus conceivably another facet of the dialogue among cultures. Diversity in dialogue, free flow of ideas by word, creativity and innovation. World Poetry Day is an invitation to reflect on the power of language and the full development of each person’s creative abilities. 
So here is a poem for World Poetry Day about poetry.


My Heart
by Frank O'Hara


      I don't prefer one "strain" to another.
      I'd have the immediacy of a bad movie,
      not just a sleeper, but also the big,
      overproduced first-run kind. I want to be
      at least as alive as the vulgar. And if
      some aficionado of my mess says "That's
      not like Frank!", all to the good! I
      don't wear brown and grey suits all the time,
      do I? No. I wear workshirts to the opera,
      often. I want my feet to be bare,
      I want my face to be shaven, and my heart--
      you can't plan on the heart, but
      the better part of it, my poetry, is open.

                                                                                                                     Poem from here.

    1 comment:

    1. Happy Poetry day! Love Frank O'Hara.

      Also looking forward to another gallery day soon.

      xx

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