Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Poetry for the soul ~ National Poetry Month

Poetry is good for the soul: it's a well known medical fact, and April is National Poetry Month, the UK book trade's annual celebration of poetry.

The nature of this celebration is to experiment, take risks, collaborate and find exciting ways to introduce a general readership to our national art.

National Poetry Month was introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry, and the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture.

My take on this is to use poetry text in the jewellery that I make, matching it with vintage and reclaimed materials, so that the words become an integral part of the piece.

Words, both written and spoken, are sound energy, and as such have meaning beyond the immediate word. In poetry, this effect is intensified by the poet's art. My intention is that my work captures some essence of the original poem.

The Japanese haiku is a poetic form that paints a picture in the reader's mind:


And Sylvia Plath's poetry is sublime:

1 comment:

  1. My late Father loved poetry and I used to read and write poems in the days when I had time. Its funny how things that were important to us get lost along the way without us noticing. I am off to find my old books they must be somewhere in the house. Karen X