I'm now finally teaching my poetry class at Rutgers. I luuuv teaching poetry. I could do it all day and all night, for free.
However, I'm now supposed to come up with my own catch phrase (or soundbite) about poetry for the school advertisements. It will go under my insanely grinning headshot. Here are some preliminary tries (please add your own in the comments):
Poetry: better than suicide.
Poetry is the axe, frozen seas, etc.
Poetry: drowning, not waving.
If architecture is frozen music, then poetry is melting architecture.
Poetry: it doesn't have to rhyme!
Self-expression: good for high blood pressure.
Sylvia Plath was dead wrong: poetry doesn't have to hurt!
'Till your fingers bleed.
Poetry is not (just) for sissies.
We can't all be Shakespeare, but damn if we can't spend a lot of money trying.
Poetry is never having to say you're sorry.
If wishes were poems, then beggars would write.