Happy World Poetry Day!

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Today is World Poetry Day! As a lifelong poet, this means a lot to me. It draws attention to my chosen art form which is woefully underappreciated in our modern times.

Right now I would like to encourage you to step away from the computer, distance yourself from the television, and pick up a book of poetry. Whether it’s Byron or Bukowski, the world of poetry is vast and diverse with an unlimited range of ideas and styles. Poetry enlightens the individual, elevates the oppressed, illuminates the truth, and exposes those who do wrong. Poetry is a powerful tool to affect political change, and to resonate emotionally with those who read or hear it.

I would like to share with you a reading of one of my poems. I wrote this when I was living in Montreal, but up to now it has not been published although some people have told me they really liked it. Maybe you will to? Give ‘er a listen.

Poem: Truth Song by Chris Riddell

 

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