Wow, can we really be on the eve of National Poetry Month?! I'm excited! There are so so many ways to celebrate... you can find out how others are celebrating by reading Jama's roundup post at Jama's Alphabet Soup!
In 2015, I didn't have a theme per se - beyond all pieces of art coming from the digital collection at the National Gallery of Art.
Last year, 2016, in honor of the release of FRESH DELICIOUS, I focused on
You can find links to all of those poems on the ARTSPEAK! tab above!
This year's ARTSPEAK! will focus on.... portraits! To add some diversity to the images, I am not limiting my selections to the National Gallery of Art collection. I actually found a number of my subjects on the Google Arts & Culture app, which I love.
I will be listening with my "spirit ear" as I look at these paintings. I am very excited to find out what secrets these people (and a few animals) want to share with me!
Our Progressive Poem! Yay! Tomorrow Heidi will share the first line at my juicy little universe. See the full schedule in the sidebar!
My gracious poet-friend Sarah has an amazing collection of broadsides, and she will be posting one a day at her blog To Give to the Light during National Poetry Month!
There is a Twitter chat focusing on how poetry can bring us together Thursday, April 6, 7 pm EST with hashtag #FirstBookChat. Poets I know who will be attending include Janet Wong, Sylvia Vardell, Charles Water, Nancy Bo Flood, Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Campoy, Joseph Bruchac, and me! Hope you will join us.
Daily poetry podcasts! I'm pleased to be one of many in our community who contributed to Bookology's Poetry Mosaic Podcasts. You can keep up on Twitter @newsbookology or Facebook.
I will be sending out my annual "Live Your Poem" postcards! If you're not already on my list, there is still time to sign up:
I also have a number of speaking/teaching engagements, which I hope to share more about as they come to pass!
Finally, a random art poem in celebration of this last night before National Poetry Month:
- after “Woods at Night with Travelers” by Joris van der Haagen
While you sleep
in silver light,
I open my jar
to guide travelers
into your window
to kiss your
- Irene Latham