National Poetry Month: Robert Francis

The Base StealerBy Robert Francis Poised between going on and back, pulledBoth ways taut like a tightrope-walker,Fingertips pointing the opposites,Now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ballOr a kid skipping rope, come on, come on,Running a scattering of steps sidewise,How he teeters, skitters, tingles, teases,Taunts them, hovers like an ecstatic bird,He’s only flirting, crowd him, crowd him,Delicate, … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Robert Francis

National Poetry Month: Mary Oliver

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver  Who made the world?Who made the swan, and the black bear?Who made the grasshopper?This grasshopper, I mean--the one who has flung herself out of the grass,the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down,who is gazing around … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Mary Oliver

National Poetry Month: Galway Kinnell

In honor of my co-worker, Nieves, who loves turkeys:Turkeysby Galway KinnellSometimes we saw shadows of gods in the trees; silenced, we went on.Sometimes the dog would bound offover the snow, into the forest.Sometimes a tree had twenty or more black turkeys in it, each seeming the size of a small black bear.We remember them for … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Galway Kinnell

National Poetry Month: Sherman Alexie

Congratulations to Sherman Alexie for winning the 2010 Pen/Faulkner Fiction prize for his latest book War Dances (9780802119193, $23, Grove Press) (out in paperback in August). Always multi-faceted and multi-talented, Alexie's latest book brings his penchant for unique book design and content, began in his National Book Award-winning YA novel The Absolutely True Diary of … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Sherman Alexie

National Poetry Month: Nikki Giovanni

Last year's poetry month post also included Nikki Giovanni, and in fact, this same book, though a different poem. Now in paperback, I highly recommend running out and picking up a copy of Bicycles: Love Poems (9780061726491, $11.99, Harper). Here's a taste of a new favorite:Another Day (Revisited)Librarians do it but they do it by … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Nikki Giovanni

National Poetry Month: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As spring so often brings a little rain into our lives, I thought I'd share my favorite rain poem with you. In particular the last line is something I often repeat to myself. The Rainy DayThe day is cold, and dark, and dreary;It rains, and the wind is never weary;The vine still clings to the … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

National Poetry Month: B is for Bad Poetry by Pamela August Russell

How did I miss the beginning of National Poetry Month?Maybe because April 1st is April Fool's Day and though I've never been astoundingly pranked, I always live April 1st with a nervous tension as if someone is going to play a colossal prank on me.Regardless, it's now in full swing and I'll be sharing bits … Continue reading National Poetry Month: B is for Bad Poetry by Pamela August Russell