Open Mic Night – Poetry Readings

Maryville, Tennessee, Poetry Month, In honor of National Poetry Month, Thursday April 23 from 7pm-8:30pm, we want to provide an unique opportunity for our poets in the community by having an open mic night dedicated to poetry readings. Share some of your original work or some work from a favorite poet.

While you are at it check out these 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.

What is your favorite poem?

Earth Day
By Jane Yolen

I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.

And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
Naturally.

That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Jane Yolen, “Earth Day” from The Three Bears Holiday Rhyme Book. Copyright © 1995 by Jane Yolen. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Source: The Three Bears Holiday Rhyme Book (Houghton Mifflin, 1995)

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