In the United States we have Nicholas Sanz Gould, who when he was six years old, won first place in the Environmental Poetry and Art Contest in the 5 to 7 age group. He wrote:
Oh sun. Oh sun
Oh sun. How does
it feel to be
blocked by the dark
it doesn’t really
feel bad at all
not at all not at
all not at all.
Asked by a reporter why he decided to quote the sun saying, not at all? three times–not two or four–Nicholas said it was the rhythm. Saying it three times meant it could be read as a high note, a medium note and a low note, almost the way one reads music, he said.
As for why the poem had two stanzas, not more, not less, that was because he wrote it on construction paper that was folded in thirds. Since one column was saved for the artwork, he wrote on the other two skinny columns and simply stopped when he filled the page.
Nicholas, besides loving poetry which his father has been
reading to him since he was three, is partial to two kinds of ice
cream: chocolate and Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.
Nicholas flew to Washington, DC where he read his poem
at an Earth Day celebration sharing the stage with poet laureate Robert Hass who selected Nicholas’ poem from over 1000 others because, he said: it’s so pure.? Nicholas, since winning the contest now believes, I have a good future.?
Also in the United States, in San Francisco, Allen Ginsberg said, This city is to poetry what Paris is to fashion or Nashville to country music, the world capital.
In New York Stanley Kurts, sounded a major three day conference of writers, artists, scholars saying: old myths, old gods, old heroes have never died…they live in our poetry.
Albert Goldberg, in Chicago, in receiving first prize for his book of poems HEAVEN OF EARTH, A COSMOLOGY urged us to promise to read more poetry not so much fiction, to love all poets and poetesses.
South of the United States, in Mexico, Octavio Paz received the Nobel Prize and described poetry as a task, a mystery, a meteor, a passion. The poem he said, is a model of what human society should be like.
In PerÃº, South America, Lizardo Cruzado is a fifteen year old poet. A loyal follower of the literary current that he calls funny realism.? Why do you think poetry has to be funny? Because, says Lizardo, we have to revitalize. It should at least make us smile.
So what is funny realism?? My poems he says, and reads:
AI lov the time that passes
AI lov the ether where the angels
are happy and polygamous
love the manner in which the
dogs crow at dawn
lov the drunk soles of your shoes
pregnant of dust and urban sun
lov my fellow men
lov the ONU the OEA the OTAN
all the anonymous societies
lov the unicorn and the four leaf
clover lov the sun lov life
lov antidandruff shampoo that
doesn’t irritate the eyes.
Lundero magazine has awarded him first prize three years in a row.
Lizardo believes we are all poets, [poetesses], it’s just that we
don’t all write poetry.
And, I say we all have a good future being poets and [poetesses] because poetry is alive and well all over the world.