March 21st is World Poetry Day. As an online poetry magazine, we do have an opinion about this day. According to us, it is good that the United Nations (UNESCO) started this worldwide event in 1999. We believe that every day deserves to be a World Poetry Day.
In 1999 UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) made it possible for this day to be celebrated. This day is more than ‘just’ a day to promote the writing poetry. It is also a day that reading, publishing and teaching of poetry gets more attention. According to UNESCO, there should not be any difference when it comes to local or international poetry. This is also what we believe at The Ministry of Poetic Affairs. We make no difference when it comes to promoting poets across the globe. We believe that everyone should deserve a fair chance.
Not everyone agrees with this philosophy. There are those who do everything to mark The Ministry of Poetic Affairs as something less important. We believe that we are important, even when only one person reads the work we publish. You might not agree with all the articles we publish. Some think they are better than others and those who are considered as less, should not deserve this chance for free promotion given by us.
We could have tried a different approach when it comes to poetry. There are a lot of websites that promote poetry. Many of them focus on the important or well-known poets. We don’t limit ourselves to just one group of poets. We believe that poetry isn’t about being famous. It isn’t about the number of followers or likes on social media.
Poetry is art. This is even a hashtag on social media. Why should art be limited to just a few people? Everyone should be able to read the words that others wrote. In whatever way they want to and on whatever day they desire. That is why we don’t primarily focus on one type of social media channel. We do our best to publish more than others would do. Background information helps others to fully understand poetry. Some poems speak for themselves. Others need clarification. In some cases, it’s nice to read what the motivation was to write the poems.
There are many countries where poetry isn’t considered to be a free art form. The governments responsible for censorship make sure that only the best parts are published. That is why we are an open platform, available for anyone.
More information about World Poetry Day is available on the website of the United Nations.
As for us: we think that every day deserves to be a World Poetry Day!