Online Launch Party and #NationalPoetryMonth Roundup

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It’s May! Hooray! I want to share two things with you. First up, I’d like to invite you to the online launch party for Secrets of the Loon. It’s Monday, May 4 at 3 pm Central Time on Facebook, and I’d love to see lots of familiar and friendly names and faces. So if your virtual calendar isn’t already full, please go to to check out the details. There will be videos, giveaways, and Q&A! [Addended: you can still watch the 8‑minute readaloud here)

(And I’m so grateful that both Matt Forrest Esenwine and Irene Latham are sharing about Secrets for Poetry Friday, too!)

And second, if Poetry Month was as overwhelming for you as it was for me, I thought I’d share all my poems in one spot here. If one catches your eye, click once to open the file, then click again to open it even bigger. These won’t lead you to the original posts, but mostly the poem was the only thing that really mattered:>)

And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with poet Liz Steinglass! Save

27 Responses

  1. What a clever way to round up all your poems! I did NOT do a good job keeping up with everyone’s projects, so I’m looking forward to catching up on yours. Secrets of the Loon looks amazing! An online launch party is a great idea, and I will do my best to be there. Congratulations on this book, and on all the NCTE love for your books! You deserve every accolade!

    1. Laura, what a beautiful collection of your poems! You inspire me as a writer. Thank you.

    2. Thank you so much, Catherine–I appreciate it. Hope to see you Monday. And I did not do a good job, either. I was doing well just to get a poem written, imaged up, and posted each day before beginning my work day. I’m also looking forward to catching up a bit in May, visiting different blogs to skim through their April projects!

  2. Wow! Look at all of that wonderful poetry! Hats off to you my friend for a busy and productive National Poetry Month! And congratulations on another beautiful book. I can’t wait to read it.

  3. I hadn’t read that final one about the hands, reminds me of my mask poem, worried that no one can see a smile. What a time we are in, but there are moments I am happy, especially for others, like you who has a new book coming. And seeing all the special poems you wrote in April. Some highlights happened! And a party, too! See you then, Laura!

    1. You know, I look back over my April poems, and there are definitely duds. But a few I’m really pleased with, too. So I’m happy with it overall:>) Hooray–see you Monday!

  4. Wowee-zowie, Laura! For someone who didn’t have anything planned for NPM, you certainly kept yourself busybusybusy. Well done! I’ve marked my calendar for your book launch. Looking forward to it. 🙂

    1. Well, I knew it would be busy writing poems. I just didn’t have time to make a big, complex plan. But it worked okay to go with the flow and just find different prompts. Thanks–see you at the launch!

  5. Laura, I am excited about your Online Launch Party. I already marked my calendar. I read through several of your poems that I did not see this month. What an amazing and productive month you had, despite the pandemic. May I add a few of your poems to my #NatureNurtures2020 Gallery?

    1. THank you, Carol! I look forward to seeing you there! I’d be honored to have more in the Gallery :>)

  6. I love your way of rounding up. the poem that instantly caught my eye was Staying Calm in a Storm. I have been getting through these times with my daily beach walks, so really connected.

  7. Wonderful way to collect and offer your grand month of Poems Laura–I especially like “Ode to the Shore of Lake Mizell, I’d like to travel there! Many congrats on your new book, “Secrets of the Loon,“I’m very taken by it, your poems and the images. I have a poetry workshop online at the Poetry Foundation during your Launch Party, but maybe I’ll try to sneak by for a peek…

  8. I love the way each of your poems has such a strong visual. I’m inspired. I love your Snow Envy skinny. (Wouldn’t you know, I missed the roundup the week the Poetry Princesses shared!) And your puddle poem caught my attention, making me want to try that kind of acrostic. Great roundup of all your poems for the month!

    1. Thanks, Mary Lee. You know, I messed up BOTH my skinnys this month. Wrong number of lines, etc. But I did feel very attached to the snow one, anyway. :>)

  9. What a neat way to bundle up your poems from April. So pretty and so fun to click through. I’ll put the launch party on my calendar! I’d love to attend. That time of day there’s lots of things going on here. But, I’d love to see the familiar names and faces too. Many congratulations on your newest book. I so enjoyed Irene’s interview of you. You make it look easy…but I see that it was not.

    1. THanks, Linda! Amazing how busy even virtual life is now, too! Hope you can drop in, but I appreciate your enthusiasm regardless :>)

  10. Fabulous collection of poems — such a great idea to round them all up that way. I especially like “Grocery Store Heroes” and “A Special Day.” Speaking of which, Congratulations on the release of Secrets of the Loon!!

    1. Thank you, Jama–I was happy that the gallery gathering worked. It was a busy April!

    1. Thanks, Karen (and for reading and commenting on Matt’s and Irene’s blogs, too!).

  11. There is so much gratitude in these poems, Laura, for nature, water, grocery store essential workers. I was inspired as I read. So glad you put them all here so we could view them together. And thanks for the heads up about the launch party!

    1. Thank you, Janice. The older I get, the more gratitude I feel:>)

  12. Just writing all these wonderful poems would have been an amazing April accomplishment, but then you presented them so beautifully…wow! I can’t pick a favorite. I like that Jack is prominently with us. ‘The Way I See It” is a perfect reflection of our time. xo

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