Hello! I am James Rodgers, the Auburn Poet Laureate for 2021-2023, and we are in the last couple weeks of National Poetry Month, which is in April of each year. I will be writing a semi-regular column in which I will give some insight, and hopefully inspiration, into poetry, and also highlight some of the other amazing poets in Washington as well.
Today, I wanted to just talk about poetry as a way to pay respect for someone you admire, whether they be alive or passed. Though I had never met him, I was hit by the recent passing of poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and wanted to write a poem about my feelings in hearing of his passing.
Try this yourself. Try writing a poem for a parent, friend, or family member. The more details the better. For inspiration, here’s my poem:
Were you inspired? Send us your poem, we’d love to read it and may just publish it! [email protected]