Saturday, April 2, 2011

April - National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, which makes it an excellent time to share poems with each other. I ask in the comments to post your favorite poet or maybe a poem that you would like to share.

Here is one of my favorite poets, Gerald Stern.


How you loved to read in the snow and when your
face turned to water from the internal heat
combined with the heavy crystals or maybe it was
reversus you went half-blind and your eyelashes
turned to ice the time you walked through swirls
with dirty tears not far from the rat-filled river
or really a mile away—or two—in what
you came to call the Aristotle room
in a small hole outside the Carnegie library.

Taken from

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

1 comment:

  1. First comment! woot. One of my favorite poems by my favorite poet:

    Offering and Rebuff by Carl Sandburg

    I could love you
    as dry roots love rain.
    I could hold you
    as branches in the wind
    brandish petals.
    Forgive me for speaking so soon.

    Let your heart look
    on white sea spray
    and be lonely.

    Love is a fool star.

    You and a ring of stars
    may mention my name
    And then forget me.

    Love is a fool star.