Oh, ah…hello. This is a little embarrassing. You see, each Saturday (I work Tuesday-Saturday, generally), I get my blog posts set up for the week, and then I just dash in throughout the week if I feel like it to add up-to-the-minute notes. So, it’s Saturday, April 30, as I write this. And I don’t have a dang word written for this month’s Poetry Princesses poem. In fact (face red), I don’t quite remember what we’re doing. It’s a poetic form new to me chosen by Tricia (The Miss Rumphius Effect), and I feel totally guilty that I haven’t thought about it at all. Crumb.
April was kind of overwhelming for me. House on the market (still). Mom in the hospital. Sick half the month and half-sick the rest. All that’s just a lot of whining and excuses, because poetry is the thing that makes the stress of all that other stuff bleed away. I just need to get my act together and write something.
So, hopefully, below, you’ll see a poem of some sort. If not, this post will just be a roundup of everyone else’s poems. Sigh.
[Added on Thursday] Yesterday and today, we all threw poems into a Google Doc, and I was inspired by everyone’s (in turn) gorgeous, clever, heartbreaking poems. Thank God for my Poetry Sisters. Although I didn’t change it tons, revising my first draft left it feeling a little richer, to me. Here’s draft 2.
Now, please don’t miss the wonderful offerings of my friends/poets! They remind me every month how my own poetry can grow, and my own heart can grow, by reading poetry. I’ll put my favorite lines in parentheses as I get around to visiting and reading their posted drafts.
Andi (that echos from old piles of stone)
Kelly (the greening swell of hope / whether in feathers or not)
Liz (Hope / for a warm tart, weak light, words sweet.)
Sara (even the mouth / of a grave sweats)
Tanita (This spiderling, with heart in tiny mouth)
Tricia (My heart and mouth / slammed shut.)
And here are the previous Poetry Sisters collaborations:
|Apr 2016||Poem inspired by a Mark Balma ceiling fresco (mine was “Channel-Hopping Through Reality Grasshopper TV”)|
|Feb 2016||Poem Inspired by a Picasso Sculpture (ugh)|
|Jan 2016||Crown sonnet (on the periodic table)|
|Nov 2015||Ekphrastic poems|
|Sep 2015||Found poems|
|Aug 2015||Classified haiku|
|Jul 2015||Inspired by e.e. cummings’ poems|
|Mar 2015||Sestinas (Lord have mercy)|
|Feb 2015||Villanelles on hidden things|
|Jan 2015||Triolets on beginnings (And I posted an extra one here.)|
|Pre-2015||Villanelles, a crown sonnet, rondeau redoubles, and pantoums|
And awesome poetry advocate and teacher educator and Caldecott Committee Member (wha-wha!) Sylvia Vardell has the Poetry Friday Roundup. Enjoy!