Friday, April 01, 2011

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month -  not that you need a special month set aside to enjoy poetry.  Still, there is something inviting and fresh about a month in which, if you are not accustomed to doing it, you take a little extra time to explore and enjoy poetry.

My Matthew celebrates this month by attempting to write a poem a day.  I'm looking forward to this year's offerings.

John Piper speaks here about the importance of poetry in the life of a Christian.

Ms. M-Mv discusses National Poetry Month and provides some links here.

My friend Bonnie writes often about poetry.

Garrison Keiler posts a poem a day on The Writer's Almanac.

This is a book I've enjoyed this year, not only for the poetry, but for the exquisite paintings by David Allen Sibley that accompany the poems.

 This is another book of poems I have enjoyed, a gift from my husband last spring.

And in honor of the day and this morning's class in which we discussed all things herp related, a poem ...

The amphibian

after a while on a rock,
drunk with sky, her green silk
shrivels with wind.  With a wet,
singular sound, then she creases
the silver film, turns fluid,
her webbed toes accomplishing
the dark dive to water bottom and
the long soak, until her lungs,
spun for air, urge her up
for breath.

She moves
in two worlds, caught between
upper and under, never home.
Restless: skin withering for wet,
and the nether ooze,
or nostrils aching to fill
with free air her bubble lungs,
heart thumping, tympanum
throat pulsing to flood
the darkening sky with loud
frog song.

-by Luci Shaw from Polishing the Petoskey Stone

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