A taster for National Poetry Month

“Poetry is in everything–in land and in sea, in lake and in riverside. It is in the city too–deny it not–it is evident to me here as I sit: there is poetry in this table, in this paper, in this inkstand; there is poetry rattling of the cars on the streets, in each minute, common, ridiculous motion of a workman who [on] the other side of the street is painting the signboard of a butcher’s shop.”

–Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935); from The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa, edited and translated by Richard Zenith; New York; Grove Press, 2001.