National Poetry Day — not just for poets

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Taking pleasure in the patterns of words is what poetry means for author Kyle Mewburn, of Millers Flat.
Along with local authors Brian Turner, Jillian Sullivan, Michael Harlow and Mike Riddell she will be reading some of her poems at Take a Risk, Make aPoem on August 23 at the Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery in Alexandra.
Writing poems had helped Ms Mewburn when she was ‘‘coming to terms with the world, life and relationships’’.
‘‘It was a way of expressing yourself and trying to put into words what you were feeling without being all very saccharine about it.’’
Writing poetry was ‘‘all about following the patterns of words’’.
Reading poetry provided an opportunity to see something in a way she had never thought about before.
‘‘When I am reading poetry it is about the rhythm of the words, and the way the words mean more than they seem to.’’
Poetry did not need to explain what the writer was trying to say in an obvious way.
‘‘You never really know, unless you know the poet and they can tell you.’’
It was best not to ‘‘over analyse’’ poetry.
‘‘It is supposed to touch something which is deeper than the surface.’’
One of the advantages of poetry was the ability for it to mean different things to different people, she said.
Several activities were planned around National Poetry Day on August 23 said Central Otago District Arts Trust co-ordinator Rebekah de Jong.
Members of the public of any age were invited to submit their own work, or work by their favourite poet or songwriter on a theme of their choice. These could be submitted ‘‘in any way they feel appropriate’’ including written or poster form. They could be emailed to info@centralotagoarts.com or dropped off at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery.
‘‘We will display these poems at Central Stories and or throughout town for the duration of the event,’’ Ms de Jong said.