One Poem. One Planet. 2016
Today is the last day of National Poetry Month here in the United States. Today also marks the last of my daily posts for my One Poem. One Planet. project. I’m going to miss it.
When I set out on April 1, 2016 to show that poetry has no national affiliations or borders, I had no idea what expect. Would anyone read these posts? Would I be able to find poets in all corners of the world, translated into English, because I am mono-lingual, sad to say?
The answer is a resounding YES!
I set out to explore the world by hopping from poem to poem around the globe, discovering poets I’d never heard of before, bumping into familiar poets and old favorites I as was so glad to revisit.
Below is a list of all the poems I found this year, listed by date, poet’s name and the country they come from–(In some cases, the country they were exiled from because poets are still dangerous in this day and age.)
I want to thank everyone who read and retweeted and liked and clicked. My first goal was to read more poetry from around the world. I realize now my secondary goal was to make some kind of connection–tenuous and electronic though it be–it is still a connection with people beyond my small local view.
I checked my stats, you know the part where it lists the countries that readers come from, and WOW!!! In addition to readers in the the United States this month, I had readers from 22 countries: Philippines, Serbia, Ghana, Italy, India, United Kingdom, Russia, European Union, Canada, Ukraine, Ireland, Egypt, Germany, Belgium, New Zealand, France, Netherlands, Turkey, Vietnam, Kenya, Australia and Taiwan.
I started #onepoemoneplanet to capture these postings. I encourage anyone who wants to use the hashtag and share the poems that speak to your life with the world. I will continue to do so as well, throughout the rest of the year. And I will be back next year for sure, with a whole new batch of poets from everywhere I can think of!
Happy Poetry Month!
One poem. One Planet.
This year’s poets:
April 1, 2016: Wislawa Szymborska (Poland)
April 2, 2016: Keorapetse Kgositsile (South Africa)
April 3, 2016: Anonymous,( Greenland)
April 4, 2016: Lorna Goodison (Jamaica)
April 5, 2016: Pablo Neruda (Chile)
April 6, 2016: Hiromi Ito (Japan)
April 7, 2016: Derek Walcott (Saint Lucia)
April 8, 2016: Mizra Asadullah Khan Ghalib (Persia)
April 9, 2016 Claribel Alegria (El Salvador)
April 10, 2016 Kim Kwangsop (North Korea)
April 11, 2016 Ahmed Fouad Negm (Egypt)
April 12, 2016 Mang Ke (China)
April 13, 2016 Marjorie Evasco (Philippines)
April 14, 2016 Armand Garnet Ruffo (Canada)
April 15, 2016 Katherine Ellis Barrett (Patagonia)
April 16, 2016 Rainer Maria Rilke (Austro-Hungarian Empire)
April 17, 2016 Gunnar Ekelof (Sweden)
April 18, 2016 Lucretuis (Rome) 99-55BC
April 19, 2016 Patrick Kavanagh (Ireland)
April 20, 2016 Anna Akhmatova (Russia)
April 21, 2016 Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina)
April 22, 2016 Cesar Vallejo (Peru)
April 23, 2016 Muriel Rukeyser (USA)
April 24, 2016 Janos Pilinszky (Hungary)
April 25, 2016 Federico Garcia Lorca (Spain)
April 26, 2016 Sherko Bekas (Iraq)
April 27, 2016 Robert Gray (Australia)
April 28, 2016 Ferreira Gullar (Brazil)
April 29, 2016 Taslima Nasrin (Bangladesh)
April 30, 2016 Circe Maia (Uruguay)
And one bonus poem for April 30, 2016 from me: The First Miracle of the Day
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