Welcome to April and National Poetry month! What are you planning to do to celebrate poetry this month?
- Read more poetry?
You could start by subscribing to The Writer’s Almanac and/or Your Daily Poem to get a new poem emailed to you each morning.
- Write more poems?
Several websites deliver a new poetry prompt each day of April:
- Attend a poetry reading?
If you’re in the Vancouver area / Lower Mainland, you’re invited to ours. The Fraser Valley Poets Society‘s April event is a Blue Moon Reading, April 13th (6:30-8:30 p.m. Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.).
Yours truly is the featured reader that evening. I’ll be reading from Borrowed Gardens, the anthology that three friends and I published in December 2014. (There’s a small sampling of the poems in the book here.)
There will also be an open mic following the Blue Moon feature, so bring a several of your own poems to read.
The League of Canadian Poets has suggested the wonderful theme of FOOD for this month’s poetry. To go with that theme, here is a poem about one of my favourite childhood treats:
Puffed Wheat—my generation’s Cheerios
for baby’s highchair tray.
Wheat grains magically blown up
beige-speckled, quarter inch
elongated puffs, tiny bums.
I didn’t like them as cereal
that I had to eat in a rush
before they shrunk small, slimy
and sticking to teeth when I sipped
the sweet speckled milk dregs
from the bottom of the bowl.
But a concoction of butter, cocoa
sugar and syrup cooked
hot enough to brand skin
poured over 8 cups in Mom’s enamel roaster
mixed frantically with a wooden spoon
before the sticky mass congealed to stiffness
then warm-pressed into a buttered pan
made the best birthday cake
in the world!
© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (all rights reserved)
Share your food poems with other Canadian poets using the hashtags #eatingpoetry and #NPM15