Friday, May 8, 2009

Poetry Friday


I haven't done too much to celebrate National Poetry Month and now it is May. Spring is such a strange time. Things grow, brown turns green, the world becomes optimistic. Yet every year at spring time, for the last twenty some years, I've felt squeezed by all that tends to take place in Spring: recitals, allergy containment, weeding, planting, summer plans. Who has time for poetry?

But just browsing through the archives of the Writers Almanac has re-centered me again. Who has time for no poetry?

Here's one by Barbara Crooker where she includes the interstate, Hubble scientists, Li Po, and endings of childhood vacations:

Poem on a line by Anne Sexton
"We're all writing God's Poetry"

...
How can we get up

in the morning, knowing what we do? But we do,
put one foot after the other, open the window,
make coffee, watch the steam curl up
and disappear. At night, the scent of phlox curls
in the open window, while the sky turns red violet,
lavender, thistle, a box of spilled crayons.
...

The rest here at the Writer's Almanac.

Anastasia Suen is hosting Poetry Friday this week at Picture Book of the Day.

On a different note: you may have heard about the online auction to help Bridget Zinn, a YA writer, fight her stage four colon cancer. I've offered an original Chinese calligraphy. Head on over, and see if there are autographed books or paintings or manuscript critiques that you'd want to bid on.

16 comments:

Warren said...

Have you seen the film Yi-Yi, by any chance?

Warren

Color Online said...

Oh, this feels very good especially on a day like today. Thank you.

Janet said...

That's amazing, all that she includes in the poem!

I really like your transition from "Who has time for poetry?" to "Who has time for no poetry?"

Yat-Yee said...

Warren: no I haven't (although my name, if anglicized using the pinyin system, is Yiyi.)

Color Online: your poem today is like the one I posted of Barbara's.

Janet: Thanks. It's true, I find, that things we think are "non essential" and can be pushed aside are often the very things that are important.

T. Anne said...

I love the post! Is the poem following Anne's quote yours? It's lovely.

Yat-Yee said...

T. Anne: welcome to my blog. And no, no. The poem is by Barbara Crooker.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Lovely how circular that Crooker poem is. The repeating words at end/beginning of sentences really sings. I'd love to play with that as a form.

Angela said...

Nice images with the curling steam and crayons. :-)

jama said...

Lovely images and wonderful moments. Thanks for sharing this poem!

marthacalderaro said...

I loved reading this poem just now. Thanks for sharing! I'll check out the auction, too.

Stella said...

Lovely introduction to the poem you chose for today. Thank you! How suitable for moments like this....

Yat-Yee said...

Thanks, everyone, for visiting and for your comments on the poem. Andromeda: I'd love to read your work based on this scheme.

Mary Lee said...

What a good reminder this poem is! We should craft our lines in the Cosmic Poem with the greatest of care! Work towards rhythm at least, and rhyme when we can...

Ching Ya said...

Hi Yat-Yee,
I drop by after random browsing, in search for writing inspirations. Thanks for sharing the poem with us. I wrote several poems before, in chinese and not so much lately. I only wrote during leisure, since my main focus now is about social/blogging ideas.

Anyhow, it's great to drop in and have a poem-reading session, also the calligraphy of 'beauty' is brilliant.

@wchingya
Social Media/Blogging

Kelly Fineman said...

Wow, do I love this line in your post: "Who has time for no poetry?"

Thanks for the Crooker poem.

Corey Schwartz said...

Hi Yat-Yee,

Books arrived today. Thanks so much!

Corey