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National Poetry Month: Local events in Fayetteville, NC and spiritual connection

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During the month of April and beyond, the Academy of American Poets brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This year marks the 18th celebration of National Poetry Month, spotlighting the power of poetry to inspire and delight.

Poets.org offers “a poem a day” as a way to celebrate, along with “Poem in Your Pocket Day” on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Individuals are encouraged to select a poem they love during National Poetry Month then carry it with them to share with co-workers, family, and friends. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.

Take a look at 30 Ways to Celebrate NPM.

Local organizations and events celebrating National Poetry Month:

Marquis Slam

The Marquis Slam is a place of free expression and creativity for the lovers of poetry and the arts. On the first Saturday of every month the Marquis Slam is hosted by Enfinite Entertainment at the Marquis Market in downtown Fayetteville, NC. Enjoy dinner and a live show for just $5 general admission which includes a free wrist band. For those who plan on attending more than 2 or 3 shows, memberships are available.

Sat., Apr. 5, 2014, 8 p.m.

Marquis Market: 116 Person St, Fayetteville, NC 28306

Java Jams: Fayetteville’s Premier Poetry Open Mike

The talented regular participants of this long-running open mic event offer up an inspired reading of poems. Newcomers welcome to the venue to listen or share some words of their own.

Every Sun. from 7:00-11:00 p.m. (Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27)

3818 Morganton Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28314, right next to Carrabba’s Restaurant,

Poet Book Talk -Jade Davis

Local poet Jade Davis reads favorites from her book Poetry of Life: Learning to Grow and discusses what inspires her to write, why being yourself is so important, and walks you through her journey to publish this book. Signed copies will be available for cash purchase after the program.

Apr. 10, 2014, 7- 8 p.m.

Meeting Room, East Regional Branch Library

4809 Clinton Rd., Fayetteville, NC, 28312-8401; (910) 485-295

Admission is free. Registration required.

VerseUs - Market Square Coffee House

Join in this open mic/open discussion event

Every second Saturday at the Market Square Coffee House, 106 Hay St, Fayetteville, NC 28306

Apr. 12, 2014, 7-10 p.m.

Admission is free

Contact LeJuane (El'Ja) Bowens at 910-583-3360 or eljapoetry@gmail.com

A spiritual connection with poetry:

As born-again believers, Christians are said to be new creations in Christ, and they praise God for having given them all things richly to enjoy. Indeed, Ephesians 2:10 declares that “. . . we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The word “workmanship” is translated from the Greek word poiema, which means masterpiece, a glorious creation, a centerpiece of attention, as the French would say, le piece de resistance, or showpiece. Of course, the Greek word poiema is transliterated into the English word poem, which in the minds of many people is always a “masterpiece” or glorious creation. So that the people of God represent the real poetry of life, for which they praise God. Accordingly, do not just wait until April to extol the beauty of poetry, but every day recognize and celebrate this cherished literary form.

In the accompanying video Tracy K. Smith comments on the power of poetry.

A related article celebrates the noted African American poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar.

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