Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A poem for people who think they don't like poetry

In honor of National Poetry Month, I give you a poem that I dare you not to enjoy.

"One Boy Told Me" by Naomi Shihab Nye is a found poem. It's composed, as she explains when she recites it in this video, of lines uttered by her son when he was 2 and 3 years old.

My favorite line: "Just think -- no one has ever seen inside this peanut before."

If you like the idea of found poetry, Workman Publishing has a new book of it, "The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry," with contributions from artists such Snooki, John Boehner and Kanye West. It's not Emily Dickinson, but it's good for a few laughs.