Category Archives: poetry

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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National Poetry Month: Sarah Kay’s The Type

It wouldn’t be NPM without me posting a poem here and there. I love Sarah Kay’s work and even posted her TED Talk about poetry a few years ago. While searching for poetry on YouTube (yes, you can find poetry … Continue reading

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let it go

let it go e.e. cummings let it go – the smashed word broken open vow or the oath cracked length wise – let it go it was sworn to go let them go – the truthful liars and the false … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

San Antonio by Naomi Shihab Nye Tonight I lingered over your name, the delicate assembly of vowels a voice inside my head. You were sleeping when I arrived. I stood by your bed and watched the sheets rise gently. I … Continue reading

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Short Review: God got a dog by Cynthia Rylant

God got a dog Written by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Marla Frazee 48 pages Published in October 2013 by Beach Lane Books Source: Public Library I didn’t know what to expect from Cynthia Rylant’s latest book, God Got a Dog. … Continue reading

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Podcasts for Bicycles by Nikki Giovanni

Podcasts for Bicycles   I loved before I understood; Love is a skill   I loved my Mother’s cool hands On my forehead   I loved the safety Of her arms I trusted Before I understood The word   Mommy … Continue reading

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The Way of the World

The Way of the World Mary Oliver The chickens ate all the crickets. The foxes ate all the chickens. This morning a friend hauled his boat to shore and gave me the most wondrous fish. In its silver scales it … Continue reading

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Happy National Poetry Month!

Today marks the first day of National Poetry Month so I’m sharing my latest favorite poem with you. If You Forget Me I want you to know one thing. You know how this is: if I look at the crystal … Continue reading

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Untitled

Poem to Be Read at 3 A.M. by Donald Justice   Excepting the diner On the outskirts The town of Ladora At 3 A.M. Was dark but For my headlights And up in One second-story room A single light Where … Continue reading

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Poetry Project: The Healing Time by Pesha Joyce Gertler

Pesha Joyce Gertler isn’t a Pulitzer-Prize winning poet but I couldn’t let this month go by without sharing one of my favorite poems with you. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you know that I’ve recently celebrated my 30th … Continue reading

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The Poetry Project

Lu (Regular Rumination) and Kelly (The Written Word) have decided to revamp their Read More/Blog More Poetry event. The event is now a year-long project. Instead of posting a poetry-related post at the end of the month, participants can now … 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: 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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Otherwise

Photo courtesy of Paul (Dex) Otherwise   I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the dog uphill to … Continue reading

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Review: Here by Wislawa Szymborska

Here Wislawa Szymborska Translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stainslaw Barańczak 2010 81 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Sources: Publisher and Public Library     I can’t speak for elsewhere, But here on Earth we’ve got a fair … Continue reading

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Mini- Reviews: Emily Alone, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, and Lost at Sea

Emily, Alone Stewart O’Nan Publication Year: 2010 Source: Gift from Kai I picked up Emily, Alone because it’s not often that I read a book that features an elderly main character, which is something that I didn’t realize until I … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Happy Mother’s Day

Now That I Am Forever with Child How the days went while you were blooming within me I remember each upon each- the swelling changed planes of my body and how you first fluttered, then jumped and I thought it … Continue reading

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Guyku by Bob Raczka

Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys Bob Raczka Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds 48 pages October 2010 Houghton Mifflin Books for Children   I picked up Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys because of all the positive reviews … Continue reading

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April is. . . National Poetry Month

I love the month of April. Not because of spring, (a season that I don’t care for), but because April signals so many different changes: spring break, Easter, my blogiversary, and the start of National Poetry Month. I love poetry … Continue reading

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Thoughts: 100 Best African American Poems

The Best 100 African American Poems (*but I cheated) Edited by Nikki Giovanni Publication Date: November 1, 2010 Publisher: Sourcebooks 228 pages Source: Library Note: It includes one audio CD As a teenager I remember taking my old tattered copy … Continue reading

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A Late Poetry Wednesday Post

Poetry Wednesday is an awesome meme hosted by someone. Who? I don’t know but I’m thankful that they thought of it. I’m also thankful for bloggers like Lu, Valerie, Carrie, and Serena who remind me how important and beautiful poetry … Continue reading

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Book Review: Poetry Speaks Who I Am

Poetry Speaks Who I Am Edited by Elise Paschen and Dominique Raccah 172 pages Publication Date: March 2010 Publisher: Sourcebooks Source: Publisher I’ve noticed that when I find a really great volume of poetry, it’s one that I’m dipping in … Continue reading

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Review: Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon

Newspaper Blackout: Poems Austin Kleon 208 pages Publication Date: April 13, 2010 Publisher: Harper Perennial Source: Publisher You wouldn’t think that poetry could be found within the pages of a newspaper but poet Austin Kleon has proved otherwise.When Kleon was … Continue reading

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Poem in Your Pocket

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day, a way to celebration National Poetry Month. I’ve been participating in this for the past few years. Here’s the poem that’s going in my pocket today. Haiku By Sonia Sanchez (written from Peking) … Continue reading

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Reading Journal: Good Poems

I’m happy to be one of today’s stops for Serena’s National Poetry Month Blog Tour in celebration of National Poetry Month. When I want to read a good poem, there’s a few volumes of poetry that I go back to … Continue reading

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Just Finished: Morning Haiku

Morning Haiku Sonia Sanchez Publication Date: February 1, 2010 Publisher: BeaconPress ISBN: 9780807069103 2 haiku 1. Your hands shout eucalyptus songs 2. your poems the smell of morning rain.

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