From soul to paper

"And it was at that age poetry arrived in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where it came from."

- Pablo Neruda

When poetry finds us, we allow ourselves the vulnerability to express our thoughts. We become acquainted with ourselves. And with each other.

Many fine writers on the Central Coast have found a voice through poetry, as evidenced in the entries to The Tribune's annual celebration of National Poetry Month. We hope that sharing yourself as a reader of these poems will inspire you to nurture your own originality.

The poems selected this April are fresh in their diversity: funny, sad, shocking, honest and beautiful as "a music you never would have known to listen for," as Irish poet Seamus Heaney wrote. Enjoy.

- Rosemary Wilvert, 2007 SLO poet laureate