Poetry is the tunnel at the end of the light; prose, bent out of shape; the idiom of djinns; the sound of silence…amplified. Poetry predates books, predates the alphabet, and once we graduated from humming, it was the first vehicle to bring music to our ears. What are nursery rhymes if not the irresistible echoes of the siren songs of ancient whimsy?
In February 2010, U.S. children’s poet laureate and PACYA advisor J. Patrick Lewis shared a succinct and powerful statement about children’s poetry titled “Can Children’s Poetry Matter?” in the Vermont College of Fine Arts journal, Hunger Mountain. It’s well worth reading.