National Poetry Month


April is National Poetry Month. Every year, millions of people around the world take the challenge to learn more about poetry and its power to change the world and transform society.

In times of political upheaval, when the world seems bent on destruction, poetry can cast a light illuminating a better path ahead. President John F. Kennedy once wrote, “What government corrupts, poetry cleanses.”


Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela, said that “poetry bears witness to tyranny and brutality, thereby cultivating a flower in a graveyard.” The English Romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, husband of Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein, famously declared that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”


At the same time, poetry can be cathartic, helping to release suppressed emotions. If you are hurting inside, poetry can be a first step toward healing and wholeness. Poetry can even save the planet by helping to making us aware of environmental issues.

Want to learn more about the power of poetry to promote compassion, peace, unity, environmental stewardship, as well as spiritual and mental well-being? Register today for CEI’s 4-week global online course: Poetry for Inspiration and Well-Being. The course is facilitated by John Smelcer, PhD, one of the longest-serving poetry editors of a major national literary journal in American history. Enroll with a friend. The class costs only $25. Half the cost is donated to the Charter for Compassion. Click on the icon below to learn more.



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