It has recently come to my attention that April is National Poetry Month.
I considered writing my column in verse, but I quickly nixed that idea.
As a lover of words, poetry has been important to me since elementary school. The work of Shel Silverstein taught me how much fun language can be, and reading Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” at 9 years old may have caused my first feelings of profundity.
In middle school, I fell down the rabbit hole of alternative music, the purveyors of which are poets in their own right: Billy Corgan, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Eddie Vedder and countless others seemed to know exactly how I was feeling and then communicated it better than I ever could.
I eventually delved into hip-hop and found an appreciation for the almost surgical precision rappers employ in their music. I became fascinated by Eminem’s quick tongue and quicker wit, and his music led me to other hip-hop acts and an interest in spoken word poetry.
During my junior year of high school, my advanced English class was tasked with writing an essay about a poet of our choice. We included biographical information as well as an analysis of one of his or her poems, attempting to relate the poem to the poet’s personal life.
I chose Sylvia Plath after a musician I liked at the time mentioned Plath in a blog post.
I was absolutely enamored by this woman. I read her journals and a couple of biographies, and I read her poems, of course. I felt like I’d found a kindred spirit in Plath — this brooding, confident yet complicated woman. She was smart beyond her years and so aware of the world around her. Her writing is blunt and sometimes so literal that it seems abstract.
“Edge” was my favorite poem by Plath in high school, but “Lady Lazarus” holds the top spot now.
“Out of the ash / I rise with my red hair / And I eat men like air.”
She could teach this journalist a thing or two about kickers.
If you missed the opening reception for the CCAH’s “State of Abstraction” exhibit, you should definitely check out the Artist Beat from 5:30-7 p.m. in the R2 Gallery at the Launchpad. Artists will engage in intimate conversation about the process behind their work. Learn how each artist visualizes their artwork before bringing it to fruition and come away with a better understanding of abstract art. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.
Head over to Speckled Feather Mercantile for its grand reopening in its new space, 820 Castle Valley Blvd., suite 102b, in the City Market Plaza in New Castle. They’ll have great deals, door prizes and a chocolate fountain by Colorado Candies. The event lasts from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Check out the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale for Aspen Shortfest screenings. “Program B” will screen at 5 p.m., and “Program C” at 7:30 p.m. Each program includes eight short films and lasts for an hour and a half. Tickets cost $15 for each program. For more information on Aspen Shortfest and other screenings at the Wheeler Opera House, visit http://www.aspenfilm.org.
Jessica Cabe still tries to take the road less traveled. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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