Greetings, Poetry Lovers! Happy Poetry Month continued...
I appreciate that in April, NPR does celebrate poetry throughout the month. The other day while driving, I heard an interview with a young man that captivated me. On All Things Considered, host Miles Parks interviewed Donovan Beck, whose poetry on Tik Tok has resonated with millions of people.
Caveat: I'm still figuring out Tik Tok. (Age showing.) I've seen a few cute animal clips. I did attend an Etsy webinar about how to use the platform, but at the moment I am barely feeding and watering Instagram enough. I did learn, however, that there are more things on Tik Tok than angst-filled teenagers performing angsty concerts in corners of their angsty houses.
Back to Donovan Beck. In an open, humble manner he described how one particular poem he recorded and shared, "A Friendly Reminder," went viral in a surprisingly huge way. Its message about a positive self image has obviously clicked with people around the world. Looks like it's logged in about five million little red hearts and millions more views.
Here's the link.
In addition to this simple but powerful poem, Donovan shared about his process for finding inspiration for poetry.
"One of my favorite things to do when I'm looking for inspiration is to take an index card or a small notebook with me and go on a walk," he told Miles Parks. "There's really a beautiful thing about how much poetry is in our world when we start looking."
A phrase he used somewhere in the interview has stuck with me - "taking notes on the universe." I love that image!
Do you find inspiration in walks? Like this poet, do you carry index cards or a small notebook? Maybe you thumb-type ideas into the notes app on your cell phone. (At some point, I've done all three. And, I need to take more poetry walks. In the haiku world, such a walk is called a ginko.)
Here's to sharing goodness in the world, and here's to poetic notebooks! (If you've never explored Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's "Sharing Our Notebooks" project, you might enjoy this link. Though the project ended in 2020, Amy still has entries/articles available on her website.)
And if you could use a boost, check out the full NPR interview with Donovan Beck here.
Re. notebooks and journals, I plan to create more options and one-of-a-kind pieces this year in my Etsy shop. For now, I'm adding a few new 4X6 journal/sketchbooks to the ones featuring 1888 map images of Ireland and Scotland (which I'm happy to report sell well, and have even been taken by travelers across the Pond on special trips, according to customers). This week I'm adding England and The British Isles, and another featuring a circa 1800 map image (with a compass!) of the Atlantic from England to the Canaries. I offer a couple of "teeny wee" notebooks as well, for smaller pockets. Here's a link to my shop's journals section.
Janice at Salt City Verse has our Roundup today, and a book review of David Elliott's The Pond. Thanks, Janice!
(PS - The wren eggs have hatched in our back yard nest.) :0)