National Poetry Month 2018 | Days 6-10

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

Enjoy!

P.S. Check out my earlier National Poetry Month ’18 posts here.

4/6

Rosa Parks

Nikki Giovanni

I was surprised to find that most of it actually isn’t about Ms. Parks! It uses the famous Pullman Porters as a lens through which to explore the civil rights movement. I love the way this poem just pulls you along. Poetry has a momentum all its own.

4/7

We Lived Happily During The War

Ilya Kaminsky

This poem will never not be timely… I recommend that everyone read the whole thing. It’s impossible to read this without your stomach twisting into knots at the thought of Syria.

4/8

Autumn

T.E. Hulme

I love personification as a literary device, especially when it doesn’t feel cheesy or forced. This was absolutely, 100% perfect. And beautiful! I’m currently ensconced comfortably in springtime, but this poem made me long for the fall!

4/9

Gay Pride Weekend, S.F., 1992

Brenda Shaughnessy

This poem is so rich with imagery and feeling and ELECTRICITY. I didn’t want it to end. I want to live inside of it, forever.

4/10

The Bridge

C. Dale Young

So playful! And heartfelt. And don’t those two things so often go hand in hand? I too want to pour out my love for so many things in this world… I love the way this excerpt from the poem explores a word that happens to be my middle name – which I didn’t always appreciate!

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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?

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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