National Poetry Month | Days 21-25

This April, I’m reading one poem per day to celebrate National Poetry Month! I asked you for recommendations, compiled a list of the most promising-sounding works, and have been having great fun with this project ever since! This is the fifth of six updates, with my thoughts about the most recent five poems I’ve read in each post. You can find my earlier posts for National Poetry Month here.



Dividend of the Social Opt Out

Jennifer Moxley

I love the feeling of relief that washes over me when people cancel our plans, because it means I don’t have to psyche myself up for BEING SOCIAL. I think this poem does an excellent job of capturing just how reassuring, pleasant, and satisfying such a moment can be. #introvertlife #exhaustedcollegestudent



Maggie Dietz

Published just last year, this super cute, sweet poem is addressed to… you guessed it, Pluto! Ahhh, this was so playful and fun to read. Now I’d really like to try my hand at writing a poem to a misunderstood object!


All You Own Is Yourself

Rupi Kaur

With finals rapidly approaching and approximately six thousand final projects due within the span of a few weeks, my stress levels are gradually rising… so I strongly appreciated this poem. I’m SO glad I read it when I did. When I made my reading list for the month I didn’t stop to think about what I would be doing each day or week, just scheduled things willy-nilly. “All You Own Is Yourself” is going to get me through the rest of this semester!



Wilfred Owen

Such a heartbreaking poem about WWI! I’ve really enjoyed the books I’ve read about that era of our history, but haven’t read much poetry about it so I’m now interested in exploring it further! Apparently it uses a lot of Biblical imagery, which makes me want to do some research on it when I have the time because I don’t really… like, get references to the Bible because I was raised without religion.


The God Who Loves You

Carl Dennis

Thinking about hypothetical futures takes up more of my time than I’d like to admit, so I only wish there were more of this poem! It was so bittersweet.


Have you read any of the poems mentioned here, or any by the same authors? Do you have any recommendations for further reading for me based on these works – a sort of “if you liked that, try this” thing? And how are you celebrating National Poetry Month?

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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