Sunday, April 12, 2020

Ladders of Memory #NationalPoetryMonth

It is April, and I am joining many others in celebrating National Poetry Month. This month many people turn to their gardens and landscapes and play in the dirt. I'd rather do a little playing with words. This month I will be creating found poems by taking words, phrases, and lines from other texts and rearranging them into a "literary collage" with a whole new meaning.

On Wednesday, we had a bad storm - the worst storm to hit my town that I can ever remember. We were without power for 66 hours, and our Internet came back just today. I really wanted to write and post a poem every day this month, but life had other plans. 

Although I had created this poem before the storm, it seems kind of timely to release it today. These past few days we have told stories and created new ones. As we drove around looking at the damage, I couldn't help but think about all the old trees that were uprooted and snapped like they were mere twigs and think about the stories they hold.

This is where my thoughts are today.

Check out Jama's round-up of month-long Kitlit poetry events for more inspiration.

And the progressive poem continues with Linda Mitchell. This year's poem has become a choose-your-own-adventure. Each poet has been offering two lines, and the next person selects which line goes into the poem. 

This week also marks the beginning of the Kidlit Progressive Poem, which is being organized by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. A different poet adds a line each day for the month of April. For the first time, I am participating and will be adding line 15 (yes, that scares me just a little!). You can find the poem's trail below.

1.   Donna Smith at Mainely Write

2.   Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3.   Jone MacCulloch at deowriter
4.   Liz Steinglass
5.   Buffy Silverman
6.   Kay McGriff at A Journey Through the Pages
7.   Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8.   Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9.   Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10. Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
11. Janet Fagel hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12. Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13. Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
15. Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16. Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17. Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18. Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19. Tabitha at Opposite of Indifference
20. Rose Capelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21. Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22. Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
23. Ruth at There is no such thing at a God-forsaken town
24. Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering
25. Amy at The Poet Farm
26. Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work that Matters
27. Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
29. Fran at lit bits and pieces
20. Michelle Kogan

1 comment:

  1. I'm catching up on yesterday's posts & yours, too. I am so sorry for all the damage, all those lost trees, Leigh Anne. But I am happy that you all are all right. Your poem captures the time for the trees poignantly. Wishing you a better week and staying in good health!