Striking it Hot – National Poetry Month 2012

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

William B. Sprague

 Yeah! It’s National Poetry Month.  For 2012, I’ll write and post a draft poem each day during April based upon a poetic inspirational source.  

To make it easy for followers I’m posting in various places.  In Twitter, I posted many of the sources.  Poetry drafts and notes on creative process will be included on my Facebook writer’s page, Taylor Collins.  You can like me there so updates will appear in your feed.

This blog post has been updated with all available links that I’m using for my work for National Poetry Month – April 2012.  Please share your favorite links, a poem or two, or comments.   I look forward to hearing from you. 

  1. April 1, 2012 – Linda Pastan “April”
  2. April 2, 2012 – George Bilgere “Desire
  3. April 3, 2012  –  Don Chiasson “Tree”
  4. April 4, 2012 –  Rita Dove “Insomnia Etiquette”
  5. April 5, 2012 –  Simon Armitage’s “Sold to the Lady in the Sunglasses and the Green Shoes”
  6. April 6, 2012 – Garrett Hongo’s “Something Whispered in the Shakuhaski”
  7. April 7, 2012 –  Lucille Clifton’s “Homage to My Hips”
  8. April 8, 2012 – – Emily Dickinson collage in response to George Bilgere’s “Robert Frost”  
  9. April 9, 2012 — Fleda Brown’s “Translation”
  10. April 10, 2012 — Linda Blaskey’s “Rest Stop, Eighty-Seven Miles from Asheville”
  11. April 11, 2012–Kay Ryan’s  “Thin”
  12. April 12, 2012 – –Jane Kenyon’s “Thinking of Madame Bovary”
  13. April 13, 2012 – Narrative Magazine’s Prize & Mathew Dickman’s “Slow Dance”
  14. April 14, 2012 – Gerald Stern’s “Another Insane Devotion” 
  15. April 15, 2012 – NYT’s “Tax Break”
  16. April 16, 2012 – @dreamersteve_99 –  Twitter poem
  17. April 17, 2012 – Michael “Flathead” Blanchard’s Obituary
  18. April 18, 2012 – They found me via google with what?
  19. April 19, 2012 – Suan Swager Johnston’s painting
  20. April 20, 2012 –  My photograph – Stone Hand
  21. April 21, 2012 –  B&N’s newletter
  22. April 22, 2012 – Kevin Young “Serenade”
  23. April 23, 2012 – Kristen Gillibrand’s email “Senseless” & Twitter #TMMPoetry
  24. April 24, 2012 – Sheila Bender’s Literature in Letters
  25. April 25, 2012 – Marie Howe’s “After the Movie”
  26. April 26, 2012 – Tony Hoagland “How It Adds Up”
  27. April 27, 2012 – A Reunion of Poets – Object Poetry – Ekphrastic Views
  28. April 28, 2012 – Greg Watson’s “Now”
  29. April 29,  2012 –   Stephan DeDakis’s  – “Metro Girl”  shared by John DeDakis
  30. April 30, 2012 – Robert Bly & Wislawa Szymborska – Two favorite love poems.

Enjoy the month of April  – of renewal where poetry, like pollen, clings to everything.  My poems will be the basis of a chapbook and used in my workshop, “Finding Yourself in Time.”  Details available soon.  Please consider subscribing to my blog so you will be sent all updates.

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