"Everyone has a favorite poem," Alice Kociemba of Falmouth, founder of Calliope Poetry, assured me.
When it comes to poetry there's something for everyone, suggested Ms. Kociemba
Poetry forms include simple couplets, rap-like poetry slams, haiku, collage poetry, traditional verse and more.
"If you look for it it's there."
A poem has the ability to move us, either to tears or laughter, in just a few words.
That poetry speaks to people was evident to Ms. Kociemba
last December when more than 30 people gathered at the Falmouth Public Library
at lunchtime on a weekday to pay tribute to Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
"These people weren't poets," Ms. Kociemba
said, "they were just people in the community who were moved by his
Poetry connects us.
People often turn to poetry at weddings and funerals, observed Ms. Kociemba
In this age of multitasking, reading, writing, and listening to poetry all provide exercises in paying attention, Ms. Kociemba
said, "in taking something that's possibly mundane and finding beauty in it."
"A lot of people are writing poetry who you wouldn't know are writing poetry," Ms. Kociemba