It’s National Poetry Month (two days left!) and as the resident poet here at Popcorn, I’d be remiss if I didn’t write about it.
All month on susiemeserve.com I’ve been posting a poem a day, and it’s been such a nice exercise for me. In the past few years, concerned more with memoir and other feats of creative nonfiction, I have written less and less poetry–and then, sometimes, more; it waxes and wanes–but compared to the way poetry used to totally inhabit my consciousness, it’s been a change. So, it’s been wonderful to choose a poem a day, to remember all the different ways and places that poetry can be found, to revisit old favorites and to discover new poets, too. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Here are a few of my favorite poems from this month, in descending order:
Franz Wright’s “Asking for My Younger Brother” (April 28)
Crystal Williams’s “Crossroad” (April 21)
Kenneth Koch’s “To You” (April 19)
Agha Shahid Ali’s “Stationery” (April 16)
Sharon Olds’s “Grandmother Love Poem” (April 8)
Olga Sedakova’s untitled poem (April 3)
If you want to check out others, visit www.susiemeserve.com/blog and dig through the Archives (all poems tagged as “National Poetry Month).
And be sure to check back on Wednesday, when I will conclude National Poetry Month with all kinds of plugs, resources, and links to more….poetry!