Monday, March 26, 2012

april is national poetry month!

once again, i will be celebrating national poetry month with a poem (or a portion of a poem) each day.

some background info from the canadian league of poets:
History of National Poetry MonthEstablished in Canada in April 1999 by the League, National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. Communities and businesses participate through readings, festivals, book displays, and other events. 
The goal of National Poetry Month is to expand and educate poetry audiences, especially young audiences, and to increase the profile of poetry and poets, while boosting sales of Canadian poetry books. National Poetry Month has inspired an increase in reading, writing and teaching of Canadian poetry. National, provincial and regional media report on many National Poetry Month events, review poetry books and interview poets. 
To ensure that word of National Poetry Month is heard coast to coast, the LCP distributes posters to libraries, schools, universities, bookstores, festivals, literary organizations and League of Canadian Poets sponsored readings and performances across the country, and many more. 4,000 copies of the NPM poster are printed and distributed across the country.
stay tuned...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

a birthday poem for my wife

let's begin with this:
i love you. & more -
some days i am breathless & 
astounded. yes; astounded.

vast distances sometime stretch us
& differences strengthen us
no more or less than our desire,

vision, hope. let this year be
lifted up as an offering, as an
invocation, as a promise.
entreaty. not begging. desparate
to catch our breath again.

Monday, March 5, 2012

valentine's day poem for my wife

laughter -- that's the sound
i've missed. how your voice bounces &
swoops down stairs &
around corners, through walls.

visit me there; here,
again -- help me find
new ways of exploring joy,

voicing it though singing, making
love, answering again this dance
in & out of time, wearing
eternity like a promise,
this full-throated exultation.