National Poetry Month

Inspired by Black History month, The Academy of American Poets  worked with a variety of interested parties including teachers, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and of course poets to figure out the many ways poetry could be celebrated.  They concluded April was a great month for the celebration, and on April 1, 1996, President Bill Clinton proclaimed April to be National Poetry Month. 


Following the Academy’s lead, Writers’ Morning Out has posted a poem-a-day during April since WMO’s inception in 2010.

“Mall Walkers” by Leslie Selbst

Gum-chewing, hair-flipping, mini-skirt-flaunting, boisterous-lipstick, mouth-flapping, hip-sashaying, attention-seeking, eye flitting, junior-high-schoolers… heading south.


Jogger-suited, big-bosomed, grey-haired, wrinkled-skinners, laced-up-oxfords, cane-toting, grandma-proud,-social-security-pensioner, denture-toting-seniors…heading north…

Mall walkers