Writing nook at the Moonrise hotel in St. Louis
The double life is in full effect. In addition to preparing two presentations for board meetings, I also facilitated two workshops for high school students for MassPoetry‘s Student Day of Poetry and participated in a pop-up poetry reading during the Community Day of Poetry. Right now, I am in St. Louis for a professional conference, and later this week, I will host an open mic during the faculty-staff pub night.
Here are the poems for Week 4, featuring several Cave Canem fellows & faculty:
Day 22: “Frederick Douglass” by Robert Hayden
Day 23: “Ode to the Flute” by Ross Gay
Day 24: “Poem for Amadou Diallo” by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Day 25: “Hysterical Strength” by Nicole Sealey
Day 26: “Muscadine” by Mary Moore Easter
Day 27: “Vacation” by Rita Dove
Day 28: “Poet of an Ordinary Heartbreak” by Chris Abani
This week was short and busy. In Massachusetts, it was April vacation week. My colleague took time off while school was out, which means I was “home alone” at work. It also meant that there wasn’t as much traffic on the drive to campus every day. I spent most of the week lamenting how much farther along Spring was in Durham compared to Boston. By the end of the week, the trees in Boston started waking up. Next weekend, I’m heading to St. Louis for a professional conference. The weather is so nice there that I’ll have to break out my open-toed sandals.
The highlights of this week include a celebratory dinner in honor of getting into a summer institute program at Harvard and hearing my VONA faculty, Willie Perdomo, read from his new collection, The Crazy Bunch.
Willie Perdomo reading from The Crazy Bunch
Here are the poems from Week 3
Day 16: “That’s My Heart Right There” by Willie Perdomo
Day 17: “Don’t Go Into the Library” by Alberto Ríos
Day 18: “You Thought I Was That Type” by Anna Akhmatova
Day 19: “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke
Day 20: “A poem from a father to his youngest son” by Timothy TB
Day 21: “Twenty-Year Marriage” by Ai
Poem from the Poetry Fox
Boston Marathon runners
I’m Silently Correcting Your Grammar
An extra long weekend for me bookended by a birthday and the Boston Marathon. I visited North Carolina this weekend to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Living Poetry, the group that encouraged and supported my poetic growth. It was great to see familiar and new faces around the table for the open mic. I’m so glad to see the group thriving. I also spent time with friends and former colleagues, dancing tango (thanks for the birthday tandas), and hanging out at the Union Member House, a cool new downtown Durham. The trip was short and really sweet.
Here are the poems for last week (plus a day):
Day 8: “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver
Day 9: “Inevitable” by Mahogany Browne
Day 10: “Just Once” by Anne Sexton
Day 11: “Empty Space” by Amrita Pritam
Day 12: “How to Get Emotional Distance When Voodoo is Not an Option” by Pamela Taylor
Day 13: “It Was Summer Now and the Colored People Came Out Into the Sunshine” by Morgan Parker
Day 14: “Separation” by W.S. Merwin
Day 15: “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks
Happy National Poetry Month!
I hosted another Four Chairs & a Bench, finishing up two revisions and a submission. Check out the photo of the spread!
Snacks for Four Chairs and a Bench
In keeping with last year’s tradition, I am posting a poem that I love every day to Instagram (@ptpoet). Here are the first seven poems:
Day 1: “the lesson of the falling leaves by Lucille Clifton
Day 2: “Psalm 150” by Jericho Brown
Day 3: “Insomnia” by Elizabeth Bishop
Day 4: “The Garden” by Jacques Prévert
Day 5: “Sonnet 28” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Day 6: “Thirsting” by Alicia Ostriker
Day 7: “Topography” by Sharon Olds