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.
“Out West Trip March, 1989” by Caren Stuart
Rising, surprising, from Arizona’s dry palette, Jerome is still clinging to the side of its hill, its roads steeply climbing and lined with the houses
“Deer Scat” by Judith Stanton
Scat in the rose beds, scat in the drive, under the pine trees, dotting the lawn, down in the ditches where day lilies grow,
Sweet Deal by Sam Barbee
Deities are nomads – clapping wanderers spilling and spouting wisdoms on slopes, in tents until enough of us sanctify a place they can call