National Poetry Month 2018 | Days 1-5

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 first of what will eventually be six updates, with my thoughts about the most recent five poems I’ve read in each post.

Enjoy!

4/1

To The New Year

W.S. Merwin

Such a beautiful piece, but if I’m honest it left me feeling more than a little melancholy! The poem itself seems to have this stillness + silence that you don’t want to break. With spring just getting underway, this was a great way to kick off National Poetry Month.

4/2

Buffalo Dusk

Carl Sandburg

Another somber poem! I feel like I’ve heard a lot about this one so I have no idea how this is my first time reading it! Definitely a lot shorter than I expected.

4/3

Culture and the Universe

Simon J. Ortiz

An incredible, though brief, musing on what it means to be human. The line “we are measured by vastness beyond ourselves” made shivers run down my spine. I’ll have to check out more of this guy’s work!

4/4

There Will Come Soft Rains

Sarah Teasdale

Every poem I’ve read so far is sad yet beautiful… this is an especially timely one. Now I just need to read Ray Bradbury’s story based on this poem!

4/5

Ocean of Forms

Rabindranath Tagore

If I’m honest I don’t have the faintest idea what he’s talking about here, so I’ll definitely have to do some research! But I loved the language he uses + the way this poem flows. This is my first time reading his work after meaning to for a very, very long time…

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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?

P.S. I apologize for the delay in posting this… as the end of the semester approaches I’m more and more busy + tired, so today was the earliest I could get around to writing this post! Hope you don’t mind.

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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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One Response to National Poetry Month 2018 | Days 1-5

  1. orphu44 says:

    Not familiar with any of these, so I can’t really say anything more ‘neat-sounding poems!’
    Also I didn’t even twig that it wasn’t the 5th or 6th today until you apologized for the delay. Because I’m on top of things.

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