I am so so so thankful to be part of such a quirky, weird, beautiful, creative community with the online Harry Potter community. Wizards in Space, a literary magazine, was born of such a community. The goal is to highlight and feature marginalized voices, and it’s certainly given me a lot to think about! It’s full of wonderful short stories, poetry, essays, and art. And the fourth issue has, I think, some of my favorite pieces I’ve ever read.
In case you missed it, I’m trying to teach myself how to like poetry this month for National Poetry Month. So far, I’ve read two books, and I’ve got waaay more to come!
“National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.
While we celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:
- highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets,
- encourage the reading of poems,
- assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
- increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
- encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
- encourage support for poets and poetry.”
Which is all well and good! I’m here for it. But…honestly? I hate poetry.