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Poetry, Proclamations and Eighteen North Carolina Politicians
Eighteen mayors from across North Carolina issued mayoral proclamations, recognizing April as National Poetry Month in their respective municipalities. The Academy of American Poets inaugurated National Poetry Month in 1996.
National Poetry Month was inaugurated in 1996, by the Academy of American Poets. This observance of poetry, held annually in April is designed to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture, while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in many places where it is practiced and appreciated. Schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets throughout the United States, band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.
Kym Gordon Moore began her proclamation crusade by asking Mayor Michael Alvarez of Indian Trail to issue one on behalf of the town. He not only complied, but presented the proclamation at the “My Favorite Poet-in-Motion”
“Poetry is a movement. It is alive and vibrant, contrary to what many feel is a dying genre,” says Moore. “After talking ‘poetry’ with a few politicians during general conversation, I found an endearing and gentle side to these political figures, regardless of party affiliation. Their faces would light up when talking about this genre and many shared stories or quotes by their favorite poets. These mayoral proclamations are clearly evident of how poetry influences the various elements of the arts, literature, humanities and even politics throughout our fascinating state. It was indeed an honor to receive these mayoral proclamations issued during National Poetry Month.” Moore also moderates F-R-E-E monthly poetry events at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, which includes participation from multi-media artists, poets, musicians and anyone who loves the art of poetry.
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