Thursday, April 08, 2021

NPM Spring Cleaning Day 8, Poetry Parties and Poetry Presents


I've been enjoying listening to the Objects Out Loud podcasts from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. This one, Poetic Presents and Picture Puzzles, was especially interesting, since it was about people in 19th century Japan who used to get together to have poetry parties and give each other beautiful, intricate gifts that were a combination of paintings and poems. 


I think giving a poem for a present is a great idea, and I've often done it. I love receiving poems, too! 


Here's a poem that addresses the idea of giving a poem as a gift, but here, it might be a problem:


Poem Not to Be Read at Your Wedding

Beth Ann Fennelly


You ask me for a poem about love

in place of a wedding present, trying to save me

money. Here's the rest.  

This is the ninth year of the Progressive Poem! See the schedule below to find where to go for today's line and to see who's participating this year.

April 1 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method at
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All



Linda B said...

It's a rather bitter poem, isn't it? It might be interesting to hear more, or perhaps it would be sad then, too. I liked "how they see us
from that distance as miniature and breakable". Have a wonderful day, Ruth!

Carol Varsalona said...

As Linda said, I also like the line she noted. Also, thanks for the Progressive Poem's schedule. I am so inundated with organizing my new home and trying to transfer my son's disability status from NY to Va that I forgot who's day it was to write. Thanks, Ruth.