Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Twilight Wishes #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 "Finding Poetry" by creating found poems. I will take words, phrases, and lines from other texts including magazines, newspapers, blog posts, songs, other poems, among many other things and then rearranging them into a "literary collage" creating a new or similar meaning.

I begin the month with one of my favorite types of found poetry - using words and phrases clipped from magazines. I have a collection of words from over the years, and I just sift through them until I see a pattern or a group of words that seem to go together.  I use a black background and usually do not glue them so the words can be reused. 

I am a night owl, and when I saw the words "The night owls" I knew this was going into a poem. This poem is dedicated to all of my early bird friends! 

When life feels like a party
the night owls

do what you love 
in the shadows

twilight wishes.

Leigh Anne Eck, 2020

Today also marks the beginning of the Kidlit Progressive Poems, 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. Really looking forward to your blog this month, Leigh Anne. I love this!!

  2. This is beautiful! So often, when I create found poems like this, fluency is compromised. Not so, here. You've found perfection, my friend!

  3. The word collection is a fun idea...hmm... I’ve got lots of old magazines and some time on my hands...