Category Archives: National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month: Poem in Your Pocket Day

Love Poem #137 I will wake you up early even though I know you like to stay through the credits. I will leave pennies in your pockets, postage stamps of superheroes in between the pages of your books, sugar packets … Continue reading

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Happy National Poetry Month!

Bless the notebook that I always carry in my pocket. And the pen. Bless the words with which I try to say what I see, think, or feel. With gratitude for the grace of the earth. The expected and the … Continue reading

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NPM: Toast by Leonard Nathan

Toast Leonard Nathan   There was a woman in Ithaca who cried softly all night in the next room and helpless I fell in love with her under the blanket of snow that settled on all the roofs of the … Continue reading

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NPM: Today really is Poem in Your Pocket Day

No, seriously. Today really is Poem in my Pocket Day. So if you thought you missed it yesterday, you didn’t. Here’s the poem that I’m carrying around: Welcome Morning by Anne Sexton   There is joy in all: in the … Continue reading

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NPM: Poem in Your Pocket Day

Here’s the poem I’m carrying in my pocket today:   [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] by e.e. cummings   i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it (anywhere i … Continue reading

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NPM: For my husband’s mother by Ellen Bass

For my husband’s mother Ellen Bass   Those months I carried Sara I’d think of your mother, the woman who carried you though she could not keep you. This woman we do not know, this girl whose life was changed … Continue reading

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NPM: Gemineye’s A Penny for Your Thoughts

When I was younger, I watched several episodes of Def Poetry Jam. I remember it coming on really late at night on HBO, so most nights I wasn’t able to catch it.  What I really loved about the show was … Continue reading

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NPM: Hummingbird by Raymond Carver

Hummingbird For Tess   Suppose I say summer, write the word “hummingbird,” put it in an envelope, take it down the hill to the box. When you open my letter you will recall those days and how much, just how … Continue reading

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NPM: Sarah Kay’s If I Should Have a Daughter

“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B. . .” “Spoken word poetry is the art of performance poetry. . . it involves creating poetry that doesn’t want to sit on the paper. … Continue reading

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