National Poetry Day in Britain came and went a few days ago; I imagine it was celebrated in the US, too, though we didn't actually have Ticker Tape parades.
But I'm not a fan of Poetry.
Sure, I can respect it when it's well-done. I'd like to think I can even differentiate well-written poems from poorly written ones. And in College I took my own stab at writing the kind or whiny poetry that can only come from the heart of an overwrought and self-important 18 year old (after all, isn't that what college is for?).
In High School and College I had plenty of exposure to poetry through competitive Forensics. And I wasn't bad at presenting poetry pieces.
And I like prose to have an element of the beauty of poetry and respect and love for the lyrical magic of the words.
And Dr. Seuss is awesome.
But I don't like poetry. And it seems odd to say that. It's not because I haven't seen it, or studied it, or spent months and years working with it. I have. And I still don't care for it. I can't read it for leisure. I don't seek it out. When I come to blog posts that are primarily poems, I skim and move on.
So while I don't want to offend poets, I'm going to have to shrug my shoulders at National Poetry Day. But I hope those of you of the stanza-cle bent had a great one.