April Is National Poetry Month
In this, now, its twentieth year
And cuttlefish types who have fun with their ink
Are all happy that April is here
For reading, for writing, for sometimes reciting
This month is the finest of times
But you’ll have to look hard, and you’ll have to look far
If you’re looking for something that rhymes.
Yup, April is indeed National Poetry Month, when the Academy of American Poets reminds me that nobody writes in rhyme and meter any more.
The “Dear Poet” project, which is quite a nice idea, features 7 modern poets reading their own works; students are encouraged to write to them in response. Of the seven poems, none rhyme.
The 21st of the month will be Poem In Your Pocket Day, which is another great idea. The PDF of pocket poems, though, is interesting. 15 modern poems by American poets. 15 by modern Canadian poet. Thirty poems… not one written in rhyme. Then, though, an additional 15 poems “in the public domain” (in other words, by long-dead poets). Of those 15, 12 are in rhyming verse of various forms.
It would seem that if one wishes to write poetry that rhymes, it might be a good idea to be long-dead while one does so.
Have the poets indeed run out of rhyme? But… but the song assures us that such a thing is “in other words, until the end of time”.
The Digital Cuttlefish: Doing my part to keep the end times at bay, since 2007.