poetry month

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/video/142394/we-real-cool https://eveewing.com/ https://www.poetryfoundation.org/video/77400/snake https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_ZOkJg7G0qh3rz1lYp_dCjvlmp0KMTJI/view https://blog.ted.com/10-spoken-word-performances-folded-like-lyrical-origami/ https://www.theodysseyonline.com/top-50-spoken-word-poems?sec=pop24&utm_expid=.53hHQ_sIS_GVYl9TPM4psw.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F 30 ways to celebrate national poetry month Request a free copy of the National Poetry Month poster until mid-April; posters can be purchased for $5.00 each in our Poets shop thereafter (while supplies list). Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning. Sign up for Teach This Poem, a weekly series for teachers. Memorize a poem. Create an anthology of your favorite poems on Poets.org. Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poet project. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore. Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state….

Moving through summer…

I wish I could say this post is urgent, but alas, I know the truth: I’m avoiding ‘real’ summer work– the projects and ideas that are supposed to rejuvenate me and get back in touch with my ‘real’ self. So here’s a deal: I’ll write this post, and then go do something. Maybe take the dog for a walk. Maybe organize my jewelry box. Or go find some Pokemon. Who knows? The world is wide open. And gotta catch ’em all. When the school year starts again, it’s closed, boxed, a hedge maze of navigating rules and schedules. And consistently…

WIHWT: Instructions (oh, I really, really do wish I had written this…)

Instructions by Neil Gaiman Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never saw before. Say “please” before you open the latch, go through, walk down the path. A red metal imp hangs from the green-painted front door, as a knocker, do not touch it; it will bite your fingers. Walk through the house. Take nothing. Eat nothing. However, if any creature tells you that it hungers, feed it. If it tells you that it is dirty, clean it. If it cries to you that it hurts, if you can, ease its pain. From the back garden you will be…

The Laughing Heart

The Laughing Heart (Charles Bukowski) your life is your life don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is a light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer you chances. know them. take them. you can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. and the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. your life is your life. know it while you have it. you are marvelous the gods wait…

Friendship.

                    I’m Nobody! Who Are you?     I’m Nobody! Who are you?  Are you – Nobody – too? Then there’s a pair of us? Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know! How dreary – to be – Somebody! How public – like a Frog – To tell one’s name – the livelong June – To an admiring Bog! Emily Dickinson