Since it was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month has been held every April. The largest literary celebration in the world, National Poetry Month serves as a time to recognize the essential place poets and their poetry hold in our culture.
Jorge Anthony Colon is a student at Springfield’s High School of Commerce. This past year he moved to the city from Philadelphia, PA. Through his involvement with UMass Amherst’s Community Journalism class (a program where once a week college students spend the afternoon teaching and mentoring high school students in journalism and the writing process) he joined us at New England Public Radio for a tour of our recently opened facilities in downtown Springfield.
This week, to celebrate the beginning of National Poetry Month, Jorge offered to share with us one of his poems. From NEPR’s AudioFiles, this is “Strength” by Jorge Anthony Colon.
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