Four Links for the First Day of National Poetry Month

Happy April and happy National Poetry Month, dear reader. Please enjoy the following links about or featuring poetry; these are the things I am thinking about poetry-wise these days.

"Walking by Circle Market Late at Night" by Ellen Bass
Ever since I read her collection, Mules of Love, I have been a big fan of Bass's wonderful and warm poems. This fairly new piece finds her navigating the murky waters of kindness--a rich topic for the poet.

In Conversation: Mark Wunderlich and Alex Dimitrov
These two compelling poets discuss queerness, politics, aesthetics, religion, the LGBTQ political agenda, writing their new books, and Madonna. Needless to say, it's some interesting chatter, especially for those interested in gay poetry.

"A Short History of the Apple" by Dorianne Laux
Laux is a master of the list poem, and her best poems in this mode often explore the sensuality of the natural world. This piece about the apple is one of the strongest from her most recent collection, The Book of Men.

"Afternoon Happiness" by Carolyn Kizer
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about this poem, which explores the comfort and happiness that can come from loving someone. It was originally featured in Kizer's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Yin, which is sadly out of print; however, you can still find the poem in her collected work, Cool, Calm, and Collected.

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