Back in 1996 the National Poetry Month was started by the Academy of American Poets. This year I decided to be adventurous. I usually don't read a lot of poetry, but the title How to be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark III caught my eye. I'm glad that I read it. Mr. Clark tells his story through his poetry with some connecting prose. His poems speak to his experience as an Oneida Indian, but they also speak to people like me who usually avoid poetry because we think it's hard to understand. So in honor of National Poetry Month read a poem or even better read a book of poems. You may laugh, you may cry. Who knows, but I bet you'll be touched in some way. Just give poetry a chance. Below are some old favorites and some new possible favorites.