Archive | Poem of the Month

Poem of the Day, April 20: When I was 58, Patricia L. Grant

Pat Grant was an extraordinary woman who flourished under the most challenging of cirumstances. When I met her, she was new to Denver and eager to start training in poetry therapy. She asked me to serve as her mentor/supervisor and began the long journey for certification as an applied poetry facilitator (CAPF). She joined our […]

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Poem of the Day, April 19: Vacation on the Body of Christ’s Beach, Susannah W. Simpson

“In Geography of Love and Exile, Susannah Simpson explores the deepest of human desires: to belong to this world. Through language translucent with longing, she introduces us to her many worlds… To read this remarkable collection is to explore how the places in our lives shape who we are–and sometimes, if we are fortunate, help us […]

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Poem of the Day, April 18: Incident, Natasha Tretheway

Through elegiac verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South–where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War. Trethewey’s resonant and beguiling collection is a haunting conversation between personal experience […]

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Poem of the Day, April 17: Zarzyski Meets the Copenhagen Angel, Paul Zarzyski

Paul Zarzyski (“rhymes with bar whiskey”) left his Hurley, Wisconsin home ground in the fall of ’73 for Missoula, where he studied creative writing at the University of Montana, received his MFA degree, and later taught. While teaching in The Program and riding bareback broncs on the ProRodeo Circuit, he attended in 1987 the first […]

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Poem of the Day, April 15: Tell Me More (Part I), Carolyn Jennings

Hunger Speaks: a memoir told in poetry is the story of reclaiming a life from an eating disorder. The poems are a series of doors opened, first to see and speak secrets, hidden and repressed, silenced under the eating compulsions—and then through the spiral journey into new ways to live. Hunger Speaks tells the process of recovery. This […]

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Poem of the Day, April 13: Wander, Sibyl Dana Reynolds

Radiantly illustrated by Pulitzer Prize winning graphic artist Karen Blessen,  Be An Angel defines our divine guardians’ personalities and missions and provides a wealth of tips on how to be an angel here on earth. The book includes nineteen angels, including the Angels of Nature, Children, the Traveler, Friends. I am scheduling this poem for Friday, April […]

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Poem of the Day, April 12: Poetry to Go, Young Poets

Poetry to Go features line-limited poetry written by teenagers and displayed on Regional Transportation District (RTD) buses in the seven-county Denver metro area. The Denver Branch of National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) began displaying teen poetry on buses in 2000. There’s a certain magic to the idea of poems traveling around the Denver […]

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