If you’ve reason to rhyme or in the mood for metaphor, today’s the day to do something about it.
It’s National Poetry Day:
Now in its 15th year, National Poetry Day sees poets – both fledgling and award-winning – take to the streets, cafes, auditoriums and class rooms all over the country to read, rap, dance and sing.
The breadth and diversity of this year’s National Poetry Day performances are cause for celebration says event organiser and published poet, Siobhan Harvey.
“More than ever before the shows are interactive and visual, and there are some truly creative events using multi-media.
“There’s something for everyone. National Poetry Day isn’t just for established poets; it’s also for people who simply want to give poetry a go. So if you harbour a desire to perform a piece of your own, this is the day to throw caution to the wind.”
A full list of events celebrating poetry is here.
Tuesday Poem is a good place to start if you’re looking for poetry.
If the proximity of the Olympics has led you to thoughts of sporting poems, there’s a good selection here.
And for no better reason than it’s the first poem I can remember learning at school and I’m sure it’s out of copyright:
Eletelephony by Laura Elizabeth Richards
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! no! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)