April is National Poetry Month! Try reading a poem a day. Here’s one to get the month started:
Poetry is the home for all my yearnings
each poem a separate room
where wandering words
find a cool bed, a bowl of soup
where names of trees and cities
and people I know who want to know
knock on doors, ring bells,
invite me in for coffeee and a rhyme
where a loost tooth
and a caladium can meet
in the same stanza
share the same breath
split a doughnut on the sofa…
Let me come home then, and
Let me bring my lusting with me
and if you find a room
that fits, that pulls you
in and pushes you out
then call that a “homeroom”
hang your own pictures
on its invisible walls
(use juicy colors
that fill up your mouth like a sneeze—
crocodile green, periwinkle,
carve your own desires
on its invincible heart.
Make a poem
build a home.
Like it? I got this one from Kathi Appelt’s Poems from Homeroom.
Other poems in this book include Revelations in which a student crushes on her science teacher, and Dreaming in Haiku—a surprisingly excellent melding of poetry and math. This book will give your poetry muscles a good workout. Not only is it filled with great poems, it is filled with writing advice and exercises as well. It’s definitely worth checking out.
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