On April’s Poems
It’s National Poetry Month! We must throw a month-long party now! My friends Karen, Teri, Lisa, Diana, Maureen, and a whole slew of other people started the month off right by going to a workshop/presentation by Baron Wormser on Saturday the 2nd, in Hallowell. What a great way to start
this month–any month. Baron gave a talk on the writer’s life, stressing that of Robert Frost. Then he gave us a series of prompts, with illustrative poems, to use with our classes. As it is, reading poems every day in class was a suggestion I took from Baron during my week at the Frost Place last summer. It’s truly a revolutionary exercise.
April 1, Friday: Snow day…a pretty bad April Fool’s Day joke, if you ask me.
April 4, Monday: “Carthage’s Advisors” by Baron Wormser
April 5, Tuesday: “Weeds” by Wesley McNair
April 6, Wednesday: “The Day Lady Died” by Frank O’Hara
April 7, Thursday: Library presentation to all my classes…
April 8, Friday: “What She Said” by Billy Collins: this was funny. None of the girls in 3rd period got it. They all stared at me blankly. What’s this one supposed to be about? a girl in the front row asked. This after I’d even told them Billy Collins liked to play with words…they apparently never heard the word “like” in this poem at all. Wow.
April 11, Monday: “There Are No Stars Tonight But Those of Memory” by Christian Barter
April 12, Tuesday: “Lesson” by Adélia Prado
April 15-24: vacation–and for most of it, I’ll be in England. Just sayin’.
April 26, Tuesday: “Deliberate” by Amy Uyematsu
April 27, Wednesday: “Wreck in the Woods” by Dave Smith
April 28, Thursday: “Nature Moment” by Dave Smith
I love April. I love Poetry Month. I love April vacation. I love the sudden burst of green. I love my birthday. The world is a beautiful place and I am happy to be in it. Ted Kooser’s poem was the perfect one to end this month of readings.