So far this April we haven't done much out of the ordinary to celebrate National Poetry Month. Let's do something about that today. First, my Better Half sent me a link this morning that I want to share.
My Daughter Person gave me a great suggestion this morning. I was complaining about my inability to find wildflowers. She suggested I check out William O'Brien State Park. Here's some of what I saw:
- The BBC has a marvelous piece on WB Yeats (pronounced "Yates," rhymes with ate) on how to read a poem. Definitely worth a read and listen.
- Next, one of my favorite poets, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, has an interview in the Daily Yonder. I continue to be motivated in my writing by his ability to find the wonder and poetry in everyday things.
- Finally, for today, the Huffington Post has Mandy Kahn's "Thirteen Thoughts on Poetry in the Digital Age."
Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot)
Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold)
the first dandelion of the season
I need to spend some time with field guides to sort out what else I photographed today. I'm glad I sometimes have enough sense to listen to the younger generation.
After the cling of roots and then the “pock”when they gave waythe recoil up the handwas a small shockof emptiness beginning to expand.
Milk frothing from the stems. Leaves inky greenand spiked.Like blissed-out childhood playturned meanthey snarled in tangled curls on our driveway.
It happens still. That desolating fallingshudder insideand then our neighborhoodseems only sprawlingloops...like the patterns eaten on driftwood:
even the home where I grew up (its smellof lingeringwood-smoke and bacon grease)seems just a shellof lathe and paper. But this strange release
follows: this tinge like silver and I feelthe pull of dirtagain, sense mist uncurlingto revealno architecture hidden behind the world
except the stories that we make unfolding:as if our sole real powerwere the powerof children holdingthis flower that is a weed that is a flower.
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