National Poetry Month 2018 | Days 11-15

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 third 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.

4/11

Advice to a Prophet

Richard Wilbur

A beautiful, haunting musing on the connection between humans and the natural world. God, why are all these poems so timely? Probably a new favorite.

4/12

A History of Sexual Preference

Robin Becker

This made my head spin, but in a good way! It moves fluidly through both gender and time… very inventive and unexpected.

4/13

The Ocean Inside Him

Rick Noguchi

LOVE the imagery here! Not actually sure if this was meant to be serious or playful, but either way I honestly think it would make an amazing picture book?

4/14

Still When I Picture It The Face of God Is A White Man’s Face

Shane McCrae

I love the way this poem mirrors waves… and a child’s short attention span. This poem felt BREATHLESS to me, I suppose. Gotta check out more of this guy’s work!

4/15

Dinosaurs in the Hood

Danez Smith

A beautiful poem on the importance of imagination and seeing yourself reflected in stories! I added a video from Button Poetry of Smith performing this poem to my watch later playlist on YouTube and I cannot WAIT to see it.

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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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