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April is National Poetry Month!

Write on!  

If you are not subscribed to “poem a day” sites, this is a good month to start.  I particularly enjoy Knopf’s site, which not only posts a poem a day for April, but has links to other poets posting their work, and an invitation to post your work.   Knopf, Poetry  (http://poem-a-day.knopfdoubleday.com/

Many of you use already Writers’ Almanac, www.poets.org/poemADay.php, and more.  If you have a favorite site, or come across a poem which perks your interest, please send it to me at


Last year, Just Poets shared a poem (by a poet other than oneself)  along with a 30-word description of why it was chosen.  We then read aloud the poems at our April meeting.   

This year, the same opportunity is available.  At the April 14th meeting, we will read aloud the poems and the reasons they were chosen.  If you can’t attend the meeting, you have the option of asking your choice to be read outloud.  The list so far:

from G. E. Schwartz:  THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM by Kathleen Raine…

from Jane Black :  ANNABEL LEE by Edgar Allan Poe

from Lori Nolasco: [ANYONE LIVED IN A PRETTY HOW TOWN] by E. E. Cummings

from  Alicia Hoffman:  THE BALL by Wislawa Szymborska

(translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)

from Pearl N. Rook:  THE LAMPLIGHTER by Elizabeth Dawson

from John Roche:  SPRING AND ALL (By the Road to the Contagious Hospital) by                   William Carlos Williams

from Laura Klinkon:  her translation of  PERCHI’ I’  NO SPERO DI TORNAR                            GIAMMAI  by Guido Cavalcanti  (Since I do not hope ever to return)


            Tennessee Williams

from Patricia Roth Schwartz:  KINDNESS by Naomi Shihab Nye

from Jules Nyquist:  THE FIRST CHILD by Joyce Sutphen

from Colleen Powderley: JOHN CHAPMAN from American Primitive by Mary Oliver

from Kitty Jospé: A RUNE, IMPERTURBABLE by Marie Ponsot  (posted yesterday on the Knopf site).


Don’t forget POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY — April 26th.


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