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April 15, 2011

Seven Ways O, the Oprah Magazine, Puts the O in Poetry this Month

o_the_oprah_magazine_subscription_april2011.jpgApril is National Poetry Month–what, you haven’t seen the
commercials on TV? One place you can’t miss the observation is in O, the
Oprah Magazine
‘s April issue. This is the magazine’s first-ever poetry issue and it is stuffed with all sorts of stories built around that theme…

  1. A fashion spread featuring eight poets modeling
    spring outfits. Enough with spokesmodels, we need more fashion poets.
    This is just one of the well-designed layouts in the magazine, with the
    words of the poets floating across the pages, spun around a dish to form
    a place setting or festooned into a head covering.

  2. Poet Mary Oliver
    interviewed by guest editor Maria Shriver. The best thing about this
    story may be the photo of the 75-year-old Oliver dressed in a fuchsia
    quilted jacket, cuffed jeans and patterned socks sitting cross-legged on
    a sofa.

  3. Favorite poems from famous people or
    famous people talking about what poetry means to them. The four-page
    spread includes quite a few musicians and actors, along with a couple of
    journalists and writers.

  4. Lots of former poets laureate, some sharing their thoughts on where poems come from, and an interview with the current one: W.S. Merwin.
  5. A selection of poetry books–20 in fact–in a “poetry primer.”

  6. Subscription copies of O magazine come with a set of poetry magnets attached to a lingerie ad.
  7. One more thing, this month’s masthead has a touch of whimsy–some of the staffers share their favorite poets.

And
there is much, much more. Even if you’re just not that into poetry, you
may find yourself drawn to the beauty of these pages. With flowers and
petals strewn throughout, sidebars and poems in colorful type, and
natural elements–branches, wet rocks, plant matter–used as design
elements, these pages are not just about poetry; they are also about
spring.



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Michelle Jones