Saturday, April 4, 2020

Nature's Promise #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.

Yesterday when I was reading Tara Smith's post on "Early Spring in the Field" by Tom Hennen, I noticed Tara's own writing. Tara lives on a Civil War Era farm, and her pictures and words always inspire me. This post was no different. I asked her if I could play around with her words to create a found poem. You can visit her farm and read the original post here.

I have been wanting to play around with writing an etheree poem, and Tara's words fit nicely into this format. An etheree is a ten-line poem that begins with one syllable and adds a syllable with each consequent line.

And the progressive poem continues with Liz Steinglass.

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 find the poem's trail below.

1.   Donna Smith at Mainely Write

2.   Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3.   Jone McCulloch 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. You caught a beautiful poem with the promise of nature. Tara's photo works well as the background. A magical setting.

  2. It really is a magical setting, and Tara's writing is always so lush and evocative. And yay an etheree! They're fun to write, aren't they? I, too, am taking comfort in the constancy of Nature right now.

  3. Leigh Anne, I am taken by the beauty of the landscape and the way your crafted Tara's words into a found poem. It is a fine offering for #NatureNurtures2020 Gallery collection.