Wednesday, April 27, 2016

National Poetry Month + April 27

As you might know, April is "National Poetry Month…" What should poets and poetry readers be thinking about or doing in these thirty days? Enclosed is a link to The American Academy of Poets with suggestions for activities, including a list of poems for “Poem in your pocket day, April 21. In it is also compiled a list from their poster (to be completed with lines and links) of their “Floregium of Poems”.

Remember by Joy Harjo
Here and There by Juan Felipe Herrera
Cotton Candy by Edward Hirsch
The Weighing by Jane Hirsh eld
The Moment by Marie Howe
Lyric by Khaled Mattawa
Variation on a Theme by W. S. Merwin
Burning the Old Year by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz by Alicia Ostriker
Springing by Marie Ponsot
When Giving Is All We Have by Alberto Ríos
The Owl by Arthur Sze
Eleventh Brother by Jean Valentine
Imaginary Morning Glory by C. D. Wright

The Academy has also made a “floregium of poems” poster with lines from these poems: (lines in quotations)

"If you believe in snow, you have to believe" from Maggie Says There's No Such Thing as Winter by Janet McNally
"I have had to learn the simplest things last" from Maximus to himself by Charles Olson
"Bad things are going to happen" (already discussed) Relax by Ellen Bass;
"Outside taillights slash the night: red and more red" from Remnants by Jim Handlin
"This is the cycle of life" from Design by Billy Collins
" at times uncertain—" And I in My Bed Again by Hilda Morley
"At dusk" - If the Owl Calls Again" by John Haines
"But this act does not count when we fall out of our hearts." The Act of Counting by Nathalie Handal
"It is terrible to come down" Here in Katmandu by Donald Justice (Sestina)
"you don’t know anything/unless you do." Every Morning by Mary Oliver!/20600644
Elegy for my mother’s Ex-Boyfriend by James Kimberly
Center of the World by Safiya Sinclair
Six Months after Contemplating Suicide by Erika L. Sanchez
A View of the Sea by J.D. McClatchy
Stuff I probably did and didn’t by Stephanie Gray
Often I am Permitted to Return to a Meadow by Robert Duncan
A nameless One by Margaret Avison
Preludes by T.S. Eliot
My Father in the Night Commanding No by Louis Simpson

Slated for April 27

The Sandhill Cranes of Nebraska by Billy Collins
If I Could Only Live at the Pitch That is Near Madness by Richard Eberhart (1904 – 2005)
The Way Through The Woods by Rudyard Kipling
Default Message by Carmen Giménez Smith
Maximus, to himself by Charles Olson
We Make Our Vows Together with All Beings by Gary Snyder
For the Children by Gary Snyder

Short poems by Alberto Rios from interview:
“Each line you read, should be the “best” line,
and gives you something for that day.

Nobody owns water.
Drink some
And try to keep it.

To visit the river quickly,
cut an onion.
Rain falls down wet
and gets up green.

A small story about the sky.
Fire wanted to be bigger.

No comments: