Happy National Poetry Month
Gator Community Members Share Their Favorite Poems
By Sheryl E. Taylor
From about 14 billion years ago to present day, poetry’s collision of words has evoked great thought or emotion, spurred a revolution or captured the ever-evolving challenges of the world around and has never looked back.
The celebration of all thing’s poetry began a mere 24 years ago in 1996. The Academy of American Poets launched and designated April as National Poetry Month “to remind the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters.” The Academy was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.
No stranger to joining a national awareness movement, the Gator Community celebrates National Poetry Month by sharing their original and favorite poems via UHD’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook social media channels. Fellow Gators sharing their favs include Robin Davidson, English professor and 2015 Houston Poet Laureate; UHD Provost Dr. Eric Carl Link; Daniel Peña, author and assistant professor of English; and Alumni Jhon Ortiz. ... just to name a few.
And if you’re curious, “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is largely considered the oldest known poem ever written and one of the oldest works of literature from ancient Mesopotamia (circa 2000 BCE).
In Thursday’s edition of UHD News, we will feature original poems by a few of our very-own Gators for Poem in Your Pocket Day!
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