India, March 5 -- The other day, my Facebook-friend, Timothy Fox, shared an article in which the award-winning short-story writer Rion Amilcar Scott was asked, "What's the best piece of advice you've received on writing fiction?" He simply replied, "Read a poem daily. It makes your prose more fluid." Suddenly, I realised that the key to improving one's writing had been staring me in the face all the time.

Proponents of this idea of 'A Poem A Day' argue that this practice is not just for writers, it is for everyone. After all, reading poetry is easy and a poem takes just a few minutes to read. There is a never-ending wealth of poetry available for each age level, nationality or gender in this world, produced by myriad cultures in every poss...