April 19th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

In Summer Time by Paul Laurence Dunbar When summer time has come, and all The world is in the magic thrall Of perfumed airs that lull each sense To fits of drowsy indolence; When skies are deepest blue above, And flow’rs aflush, –then most I love To start, while early dews are damp, And wendContinue reading “April 19th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 18th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

Superbly Situated by Robert Hershon you politely ask me not to die and i promise not to   right from the beginning—a relationship based on   good sense and thoughtfulness in little things i would like to be loved for such simple attainments   as breathing regularly and not falling down too often   or because my eyes are brown or my fatherContinue reading “April 18th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 17th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

A Litany for Survival by Audre Lorde For those of us who live at the shorelinestanding upon the constant edges of decisioncrucial and alonefor those of us who cannot indulgethe passing dreams of choicewho love in doorways coming and goingin the hours between dawnslooking inward and outwardat once before and afterseeking a now that canContinue reading “April 17th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 16th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

There Are Birds Here by Jamaal May For Detroit There are birds here,so many birds hereis what I was trying to saywhen they said those birds were metaphorsfor what is trappedbetween buildingsand buildings. No.The birds are hereto root around for breadthe girl’s hands tearand toss like confetti. No,I don’t mean the bread is torn likeContinue reading “April 16th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 15th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

Summer Stars by Carl Sandburg Bend low again, night of summer stars. So near you are, sky of summer stars, So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars, Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl, So near you are, summer stars, So near, strumming, strumming, So lazy and hum-strumming.

April 14th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

Abruptly All the Palm Trees by William Jay Smith Abruptly all the palm trees rose like parasols, and sunlight danced, and green to greenness gave. Birds flew forth and cast like waterfalls shadow upon shade. Where the crab with its linoleum colors crawls, and coral combs the crystal-caverned sea, we stood, our blood as brightContinue reading “April 14th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 13th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

Winter Solstice by Hilda Morley A cold night crossesour path                  The world appearsvery large, veryround now       extendingfar as the moon does                                        It is fromthe moon this cold travels                                        It isthe light of the moon that causesthis night reflecting distance in its ownlight so coldly                                          (from one side ofthe earth to the other)                                        It is theContinue reading “April 13th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 12th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Barry When despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,I go and lie down where the wood drakerests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.IContinue reading “April 12th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”

April 11th, 2021 – National Poetry Month

Everything Good between Men and Women by C.D. Wright has been written in mud and butterand barbecue sauce. The walls andthe floors used to be gorgeous.The socks off-white and a near match.The quince with fire blightbut we get two pints of jellyin the end. Long walks strengthenthe back. You with a fever blisterand myself withContinue reading “April 11th, 2021 – National Poetry Month”