But I had to make my way to The Poetry Foundation where the iconic Poetry magazine is published. I could not come to nor leave Chicago without visiting this place. One of a few institutions that I follow and worship in this craft, it was like visiting the motherland. If I had to work in an office for a million hours a day, this would be one of the places I would do it (and trust me, I have applied and I'm waiting - perfect for when I move to Chicago).
Not too far from places such as The Hard Rock and Rainforest cafes, The Poetry Foundation sits on the corner of West Superior Street. With a pathway that separates the outside world and the entrance, you feel as though you have stepped into a glass house of zen. The first floor is open to the public and contains an exhibit, a reading room where events are held, and a library of poetry books. The second floor and beyond houses the offices of the Foundation.
In my brief time there, I spoke to both the receptionist/web intern and the librarian who definitely look happy in their jobs and are lovely ladies. I walked around the first floor and was overwhelmed by the library I could not dive into due to time. I did pick up some Sonia Sanchez books to browse through. For ten mintues, I read Sonia's work in the foundation's beautiful library under a gentle reflection of sunshine.
Swoon. The perfect way to start National Poetry Month despite a 30 minute window.
But trust me when I say I will be back and here often.
Till tomorrow loves, continue to dive into poetry.
Check out some pictures below!