“Spring has come again. The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart...” — Rainer Maria Rilke The first day of Spring (here in the UK) is 21 March, which just so happens to be my birthday. More significantly, it is World Poetry Day, something I only discovered when living in Australia (where Spring is heralded rather differently, and not even on an equinox, but that’s another matter). So I thought it would be fun to celebrate with an online gathering of people and poems, and set up a facebook “event”. The above lines by Rilke (from one of the Sonnets to Orpheus, appropriately number 21) came to mind as covering all bases: poetry, Spring, and (more loosely, by way of childhood/memory) my birthday. I invited friends to contribute new poems of their own, or simply other remembered lines – and to spread the word. At the time of writing this I have no idea whether or not people will rise to the occasion, though I see that three people are already listed as “going”, with two more “interested”. By the time you read this, the “event” will, in a calendar sense, be over, but the invitation will still stand – for anyone to chip in, riffing on Rilke’s lines in any you like.
|Number of pages||1|
|Specialist publication||Writing in Education|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|