In 2001, poet Jayne Jaudon Ferrer accepted a challenge from her brother and brother-in-law to prove there were poems these decidedly non-poetry fans would actually enjoy reading.
During National Poetry Month (April) that year, Jayne sent a daily e-mail to a small group of family and friends, calling it the "Poetry Parade." By the end of the 30-day onslaught, the two men grudgingly conceded that they had actually enjoyed many of the poems they'd read . Response to the poems was so positive, in fact, that the parade "spectators" asked Jayne to do another parade the following year. Thus began a tradition as, every April for the next 7 years, Jayne selected and e-mailed thirty days' worth of poems to a list that grew a little larger each year. While there were a few poets and poetry lovers on board, most on the list were people who thought poetry was a waste of time and signed up out of curiousity, indulgence, or the hope they could claim, "Booooooooring!" when it was all over. Instead, over the years, the skeptics grew more and more receptive as they discovered poems that were intriguing, entertaining, and downright fun. April after April, sharing the work of both classic and contemporary poets, Jayne proved irrefutably that poetry could be outrageous, inspiring, hilarious, heartbreaking, sobering, surprising, and anything but boring.
Your Daily Poem was born when an insistent group of Poetry Parade subscribers declared thirty days of poetry was not enough. After much pleading, they coerced Jayne into making the Parade a daily, rather than yearly, event. Your Daily Poem launched in June 2009 with a single goal: to share the pleasure and diversity of poetry with those who are dubious of its value. Today YDP has thousands of subscribers and showcases work from poets all over the world. Subscribers receive a poem--via e-mail--on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly (during April) basis, along with a bit of personal commentary on each day's poem, and a photograph and brief bio on the poet. Interaction and feedback are encouraged through the comment box under each poem, and visitors to the site are also welcome to post their own poems on the Open Mic page, where readers sometimes offer feedback and helpful suggestions.
You will undoubtedly like some poems more than others, just as you like certain sports teams--or singers, or cars, or movies--more than others. This is because we all have different tastes, and this is what keeps life interesting. Your Daily Poem simply hopes to add a bit more interest to your life--in the form of poetry. We hope you'll spend time exploring the marvelous assortment of poems here, checking out the resources provided, and learning about poets and poetry events in your area. You might even decide to give a gift of poetry, which will benefit your recipient, this site, and the author of the poem you select (if he/she is a living poet). There is no cost to subscribe to this poetry subscription service, though donations are greatly appreciated.
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