National Poetry Month! Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey was named the 19th US Poet Laureate in June 2012; read more about her HERE.  She is from Mississippi and previously served as that state’s Poet Laureate.  Listen to her read her poem “Give and Take,” below.  It hits home for me and I imagine it will do the same for many of…… Continue reading National Poetry Month! Natasha Trethewey

Hymn – with an update at 10:41 pm est 4.14

I searched a long while for the right poem to share today. I never found it. Instead, listen to this profoundly comforting farmyard poem written by Garrison Keillor, set to a melody you will recognize. Give it 30 seconds; it’s kind of corny at first but is mostly sublime. Editing to add that I have…… Continue reading Hymn – with an update at 10:41 pm est 4.14

National Poetry Month! Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is the incumbent Poet Laureate (since 2019) and is also the first Native American Poet Laureate.  Click HERE for details.   I won’t repeat what you will discover as you listen and read, but I will say that when I was in eighth grade we had a school assignment to create a presentation of…… Continue reading National Poetry Month! Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

It’s National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month. Therefore, April’s posts will be supplemented with regularly featured USA Poets Laureate. Let’s start now, shall we? It’s already April 3. Billy Collins was Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003. He read some of his work to our store managers’ conference when I worked for a big box bookseller, and…… Continue reading It’s National Poetry Month!