National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and there are 30 ways for you to celebrate it. I think I’ve accomplished one of them:

Start a commonplace book
“Since the Renaissance, devoted readers have been copying their favorite poems and quotations into notebooks to form their own personal anthologies called commonplace books.”

I mean, aren’t all this blog posts of poems that I have here acts as a virtual commonplace book?

Anyway, a poem for you as usual, and a rather apt topic considering it’s National Poetry Month. I like this. Very spirited and passionate. Imagine how it would sound like when read out aloud.

Manifesto AKA Poetry

It has to be music.
Has to scream out from the shelves and never allow dust to settle.
It has to shake loose from the page,
stop conversations at the bar,
leave trails of itself hanging in the air
like ribbons of spot-lit cigarette smoke
It must be capable of writing itself on walls,
able to paint city skylines in glorious technicolour, or
a million shades of gray.
It has to take root in the cracks between paving stones
and spread its fingers out against the canvas of the sky.
It has to keep rhythm,
everyday rhythm.
It has to keep time.
It has to make news rhyme with actual fact
and truth rhyme with beauty.
It has to speak
Has to put words in peoples’ mouths
Make new shapes for tongues to hold
Open tired eyes to new ways of seeing.
It must birth its own language with lips capable of kissing scars
and it must stand
It must stand as testament to the fact
that words can draw blood
and make that blood sing

Jacob Sam-La Rose


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dorie
    Apr 07, 2007 @ 01:00:23

    I really like this poem. Thanks for putting it out there.

    sulz: my pleasure. i love it when people feel the same way about the poems i highlight here. and benjamin zephaniah is one hell of a poet; his poetry performances are apparently extremely entertaining and fun!


  2. Jsamlarose
    Apr 20, 2007 @ 14:38:14

    Spirited and passionate, eh? Glad you like… 😉

    nylusmilk: is this really the poet himself? or an impostor? i mean, there are lots of crazy people hanging around the net.. but if you’re really him, wow! wow! such an honour. come sit down on my best chair *beats dust off*… 😛

    thank you for visiting my humble ablog. hope you come back to malaysia soon so i’ll actually catch you reading this out loud live.


  3. Jsamlarose
    May 06, 2007 @ 05:14:56

    For identity verification, check my latest blog entry…

    nylusmilk: i know. haha, i feel like a doofus.

    anyway, thanks for the link love!


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