National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month begins on April 1 2017. I’ve been thinking a lot about poetry and its place in a country that seeks to denigrate and eliminate the arts. Poetry has the power to bring us together as well as the power to speak truth to power. In anticipation of the upcoming monthlong celebration of poetry, I thought I would take the time to post a few of my favorite poems.  I’m going to start with a long time favorite by the brilliant, late, Adrienne Rich who would have much to say about the state of politics today.

Here are the first few lines


You’re wondering if I’m lonely:
OK then, yes, I’m lonely
as a plane rides lonely and level
on its radio beam, aiming
across the Rockies
for the blue-strung aisles
of an airfield on the ocean.

(read the rest of this poem, here)


I’ll be posting links to some of my favorite poems and poets during April. I hope that you will share with me your favorite poems and poets too!


2 thoughts on “National Poetry Month

  1. So, so many…”The Soul Selects Her Own Society” by Emily Dickinson, anything by Maya Angelou, “Absence” by Pablo Neruda, “The Road Less Traveled” (who doesn’t love this) which my Dad first showed me as a young girl, “The Spectator” by Rod McKuen, and of course so many ee cummings including (are these actual titles that he gives them?) “reverie”, “i carry your heart…”, “there is a moon sole blue in the night…”, and “the first of all my dreams…”. And of course everything Toni Morrison writes is pure poetry…ahhh…thanks for spurring my memories ! 🙂

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