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.

“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 over function crafted

from exotic woods sustainably grown

Busy bold and big art filling

vast spans on their ultra-white walls



Sleek spotless shiny kitchen toys

and appliances specific to gourmet tasks

Pottery bowls of fresh this healthful that

all locally sourced organic and artisanal



Closets hung with more fashion than style

Clothes for every season occasion activity

Labels, like billboards, on his shirts

Logos, like cattle brands, on her bags



“Why doesn’t it feel like home?”

they asked the tasteful sofa.



The sofa sighed, whispering softly

to their designer-clad backsides,

“Because it isn’t you.

 It isn’t anyone at all.”



“Maybe we need to re-do the drapes,”

they mused over Merlot.