I love April especially because it is National Poetry Month. It gives me the opportunity to read the work of poets I’ve had little or no exposure to (like recently discovered Texas poets R.S. Gwynn, Carmen Tafolla, and William Virgil Davis, to name a few). And it affords me the luxury of going back and re-reading poets I’ve loved forever–too many to name here. Or, in other words, it lets me be in the moment–a place I sometimes fail to inhabit–to enjoy the beauty and power of the right words in the right order.
National Poetry Month is also my impetus for writing some poetry. Because there is the omnipresent “30 poems in 30 days” challenges, I allow myself to write fast and worry about perfection later. Daily prompts help, in case the poetry side of my brain has developed a little rust.
So, I hope all of you are gifting yourself with poetry– this month and beyond. If you’re at a loss for what to read, let me make a few suggestions are well worth your time: “Face Painting in the Dark” by Ann Cefola (Dos Madres Press, 2014), “Habeas Corpus” by Cindy Hochman (Glass Lyre Press, 2015), and the soon-to-be-released “The Night Ghost” by Susan Moorhead (Finishing Line Press, 2015). (I humbly offer my own Archeology, too.)
I’d like to close this post with a tribute to those who write poetry–a short poem written by friend and poet Josephine Curran whom I’ve sadly lost contact with:
We must feed our poets sultry things
and sweets, and words that laud them.
For they must bring us in return
the bitter news, the solemn glance
the songs that sing of life.
Here’s to you, Jo, and to poets everywhere!