National Poetry Month 2018 | Days 16-20

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


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


To The Notebook Kid

Eve L. Ewing

A love letter to all the kids out there who keep writing and dreaming and dreaming and writing. Very… honest, I think that’s the word I’m looking for here.


A Beating Heart Beneath The Floorboards

Anna Corniffe

I love how she captured human nature and relationships in just a handful of lines! It reminds me to keep working hard on all my friendships.



Leslie Harrison

I think it’s beautiful how her writing mirrors the movement of the tide. (Kind of like in “Still When I Picture It The Face of God Is A White Man’s Face” by Shane McCrae, which I read on day 14.) It’s hopeful & heartbreaking all at once.


Cornel West Makes The Point

Claudia Rankine

I love her style here just as much as I did reading Citizen: An American Lyric. It’s interesting to read this in 2018, both bc it seems as though very little has changed and bc it’s about a presidential election I have no memory of. (The first one I remember was 2004, but even then not nearly as clearly as 2008).



Marie Howe

Vivid with sensory detail and devastatingly honest. Made me sad!


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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