National Poetry Month

Poet of the Month – Elaine Wilburt

National Poetry Month April 22, 2020 Elaine Wilburt Nôtre Dame de Paris: Entr’acte   As crimson rays melting to violet slip from bell tower to buttresses, a solo sax wails sobs laden with this dusk.   Against a stone bridge, creamy and warm, echoes redouble like a round, fading layer on layer, harmonizing grief.   Lapping softly, keeping time, the waiting Seine spirits them away.   First published in The Avenue 1.     What inspired you to…

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National Poetry Month

Poet of the Day – Joanne Kennedy Frazer

National Poetry Month April 21, 2020 Joanne Kennedy Frazer SANCTUARY   The journeys are broadcast over and over into homes of the comfortable   who feel summoned to witness families fleeing to illusory refuge.   Trust in the crossing is framed in faces  of the very young.   Tiny mouths seek mothers’ milk, innocence drowns.   Shelter elusive, fences crowned with thorns crucify hope.    Unfed, emptiness threatens to consume the promise.      Viewers in…

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National Poetry Month

Poet of the Day – Ann Howells

National Poetry Month April 20, 2020 Ann Howells Bigotry   falls, a gentle snow upon young shoulders, persistent wind chime tinkling the ear. It turns off lamps, turns up heat, so subtle it goes unnoticed. It falls like crumbs from Mama’s apron, spills in ashes from Dad’s pipe. Like asbestos in the ceiling, lead in the water, it poisons from the inside out, surfaces in the most unlikely places — like the mouth of a…

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National Poetry Month

Poet of the Day – Lois Roma-Deeley

National Poetry Month April 19, 2020 Lois Roma-Deeley Anxiety and Television News   My lungs hurt. I’m not breathing. So, here I sit, alone on a narrow bed, making hand puppets appear and disappear between the lamplight and the wall. Stretching both hands wide open, I cross both palms, one over the other, waving each finger in, then out, again and again the shadow bird dips and dives in dizzying circles, flies across the room.…

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