For National Poetry Month, today I read “Lake Havasu” by Lisa Wells from The Fix (University of Iowa Press):
For National Poetry Month, today I read Devin Kelly’s “The Old Catcher Considers The Failing Of His Knees” (Hobart Journal, 2021):
For National Poetry Month, today I read Roger Reeves “Tortoise Moves Toward The Sea” from King Me (Copper Canyon Press):
Today for National Poetry Month, I read Rebecca Schiff’s “Keep an Eye on It” from The Bed Moved (Vintage):
Today for National Poetry Month, I read James Nippon’s “Butterfly”:
Today, I read Jean Valentine’s “I Came to You,” and I dedicate this to Giancarlo DiTrapano, who I will miss as long as I live:
Today for National Poetry Month, I read “One Touch” by Marcus Jackson, from his collection Pardon My Touch (TriQuarterly Books):
Today for National Poetry Month, I read “Clouds, Begin Here” by Susan Rich from her collection Cloud Pharmacy (White Pine Press).
Today for National Poetry Month, I read Bill Soldan’s “Always that Child” from his stunning new collection, So Fast, So Close (Close to the Bone Publishing) Enjoy!
The end of April is always a sad occurrence for me, because National Poetry Month closes. This doesn’t mean poetry can’t be read throughout the year, of course. But the focus on poetry, and poems, especially given the current state of our world, has been such a boon. Here is how I wrapped up the last three days of my National Poetry Month readings:
On April 28th, I read Nick Flynn’s “Emptying Town” from Some Ether (Graywolf Press):
On April 29th, I read Mary Ruefle’s “Little Golf Pencil” from My Private Property (Wave Books):
On April 30th, I read Joy Harjo’s “Remember” from Academy of American Poets:
And at Bending Genres, we wrapped up our “Found in the Forest” weekend workshop led by Wendy Oleson. So many incredible, innovative pieces were developed, and the support was off the charts. Join us on May 22- 24 when Tyler Barton will teach his “Artifact Lit” weekend workshop: https://bendinggenres.com/product/tyler-barton-artifact-lit-may-22-24/
Also, our fiction editor, Meg Tuite, kicked off a new project called Bending Genres Productions. She selected a poem by Colin Pope from his stunning book, Why I Didn’t Go To Your Funeral. Meg chose “Still Life with Casket in the Distance,” and with a cast of 15 or so writers, a videographer Brian Mihok, they captured this haunting, evocative experience: https://bendinggenres.com/2020/04/30/colin-pope-video/
Get outside. Be safe. Take care of yourself and of each other. Life is precious.