National Poetry Month, established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 begins on April 1st! This month-long celebration of poetry is held every April “to widen the attention of individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.” During April, poets, poetry lovers, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and schools throughout the US celebrate poetry.
One of the challenges of NPM is to read and/or write a poem every day. So ... in the spirit of the observance, as I’ve done for the past few years, I offer you an inspiration word or phrase and a related poem for each of April’s thirty days. You may wish to read, write, or do both. Keep in mind that writing a poem a day doesn’t mean you have to “finish” each poem immediately. You can write a draft each day and set your drafts aside to work on later.
And … if you write a poem that relates to an inspiration word, don’t feel obligated to write anything that resembles the example poem in content or style. Give the topic your own spin!
As always, your sharing is welcome,
so please be sure to post your thoughts and poems as comments!
Regular weekly prompts will resume on May 4th.
In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful and poetry-filled April!
Happy National Poetry Month!
“I’m a Fool to Love You” by Cornelius Eady
“Just Before April Came” by Carl Sandburg
“Yesterday” by W. S. Merwin
“My Turn to Confess” by Charles Simic
“Momentum” by Catherine Doty
“Dust” by Dorianne Laux
“The White Birds” by William Butler Yeats
“Rhapsody on a Windy Night” by T. S. Eliot
“Security” by William Stafford
“Song for the Rainy Season” by Elizabeth Bishop
“Remembrance” by Rainer Maria Rilke
“Walkers with the Dawn” by Langston Hughes
“Solitude” by Anna Akhmatova
“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
“Water Music” by Robert Creeley
“Here and Now” by Stephen Dunn
My Father’s Love Letters” by Yusef Komunyakaa
Time and Space
“Theories of Time and Space” by Natasha Trethewey
“Why Regret” by Galway Kinnell
“The Portrait” by Stanley Kunitz
“Afternoon on a Hill” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
“seeker of truth” by e.e. cummings
“The Secret” by Denise Levertov
“The Journey” by Mary Oliver
“Prayer” by Jorie Graham
“A Blessing” by James Wright
“A Calling” by Maxine Kumin
“Gospel” by Phillip Levine
“Spring Comes on the World” by Emily Dickinson
“Happiness” by Raymond Carver