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Poetic License: Sanibel PoetryFest is April 1

By Staff | Mar 25, 2015

Once again, poets and poetry lovers from Sanibel and southwest Florida will gather at the Sanibel Public Library on Wednesday, April 1, 3-5 p.m. to celebrate National Poetry Month. Sponsored by the Sanibel Library, the News-Press and the Southwest Florida Poets Society, the event will commemorate the 15th anniversary of Sanibel’s annual tribute to poetry. The library is at 770 Dunlop. There is no cost.

Fifteen years ago, poet Marianne Strickland invited Sanibel’s poets to celebrate National Poetry Month. That first celebration has grown into the Sanibel PoetryFest, which this year features Sanibel and southwest Florida’s most outstanding poets honoring the muse by performing their poetry.

This year’s PoetryFest will begin with Joe Pacheco’s tribute to Poetry Month:

An April Fool For Poetry

An April Fool was I for poetry,

For jests and tricks and play with irony,

Fooling the Muse with rhyme tomfoolery —

Every verse footloose, every fancy free.

Until a wider world too wise for me

Turned my fool’s errand into odyssey

To roam as far as my mind’s eye could see

Horizons glowing with discovery.

An April Fool I’m now for poetry,

For truthful myth and made-up history,

The “cruelest month” now kind as kind can be,

Since poetry became a fool for me.

A reception sponsored by the Sanibel Library and Southwest Florida Poets will follow the readings. Admission to the PoetryFest is free.

For further information, contact Joseph Pacheco at 472-1280 sanibeljoe@comcast.net.