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.
Read all the poems posted since 2010 on our old blog.
“Peanut Grace” by Tom Dow
In the shouts and shrieks of the high school hallway outside the cafeteria the bigger guy turns me into the wall and traps me
“Sugaring” by Linda Blotzer
From the tradition of Indigenous peoples in early spring when the temperatures are right my great grandfather on his farm in New Hampshire collects
“In Early March” by Jane Rockwell
There are seven white daffodils below my kitchen window, a squirrel in the crook of the dogwood tree, the branches of the cypress wave
“The Curated Life” by A. Kissel
Everything everywhere uniquely them Carefully expensively sought and caught Pinterest perfect HGTV inspired Trending on something somewhere surely Furniture for looks
“Anything But Summer” by E.V. Noechel
I dread the weight of summer. Spring and I are on speaking terms but I know she’s hiding sweltering, sweaty days behind her back.
“Living Alone” by gary phillips
My grandmother Lilly Grew up just light enough to pass But not to matter; married at 13 Made her life a torch of love