Comments on: April: National Poetry Month The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:54:18 +0000 hourly 1 By: Joanie Joanie Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:16:46 +0000 I love poetry and I discovered this through pinterest a while back – it’s beauty takes my breath away everytime. Enjoy, if you havent already ….

Anis Mojgani – come closer

Check out his other poetry as well – he is a beautiful wordsmith.

Looking up further spoken word poetry I came across this which I found to be very powerful.

Katie Makkai – Pretty (she does use the f word but in context)

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By: Emily Emily Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:50:21 +0000 I love The Art of Disappearing. I love so many of her poems. Some of her older collections are stored away in boxes in my basement and I might have to unearth them just to remember.

By: Shannon { A Mom's Year } Shannon { A Mom's Year } Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:02:01 +0000 This has been the funniest post with all of our comments coming and going! Oh, well.

Speaking of Naomi Shihab Nye, do you know her poem “The Art of Disappearing”? Sort of a battle hymn for artists. :)

By: Emily Emily Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:32:58 +0000 My comment with links also didn’t work. Too bad! Here are the poems I recommended:

Lisel Mueller: Things
William Stafford: Assurance
Naomi Shihab Nye: Different Ways to Pray
Marie Howe: What the Living Do
Robert Hass: Tall Windows

All life-changing/life-saving poems

By: Emily Emily Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:51:22 +0000 Also, oh my goodness how did I forget to write this! Elizabeth Bishop–hands down my favorite poet. Her collected letters are incredible. I recommend everyone read them. My favorite poems of hers are One Art, In the Waiting Room, and First Death in Nova Scotia.

Again-thank you so much for this post. It encouraged me to think of my favorite poets and poems and is a bright spot in my day so far.

By: Emily Emily Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:36:45 +0000 Thank you for this post. I studied poetry in college. It, poetry, has saved my life on more than one occasion (and likely on many occasions while in high school). Where to start with my favorite poets?

I love Lisel Mueller, particularly her poem Things:

If you’ve not encountered William Stafford-go buy his collected works immediately and read Assurance, a poem to comfort you in difficult times:

Marie Howe was a teacher of mine in college-she had been taught by the brilliant and accessible poet Stanley Kunitz, from whom she learned to write about that which scares you the most. She taught her students the same and she changed my life:

Her elegy for her brother who died is one of the most gorgeous pieces of contemporary poetry you can encounter:

Naomi Shihab Nye is another very accessible poet. I love her poems Different Ways to Pray

Finally, Robert Hass-pick up his collection Human Wishes and read this poem Tall Windows. Breathtakingly beautiful

By: Amy Hackworth Amy Hackworth Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:51:44 +0000 And so fun to know that you already love Sarah Kay, and yes, we’ll look up Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast. Thanks!

By: Amy Hackworth Amy Hackworth Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:50:38 +0000 Jenni Fisher, you’re the very best! Thank you for this.

By: Amy Hackworth Amy Hackworth Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:49:43 +0000 Wow, great! I love to hear that your book of poems has been so well loved and pondered. That’s inspiring!

By: Amy Hackworth Amy Hackworth Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:48:44 +0000 Oh, Lakshmi, isn’t it great?

By: Amy Hackworth Amy Hackworth Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:48:00 +0000 Ha! OK, let’s do it!

By: Amy Hackworth Amy Hackworth Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:47:43 +0000 Awesome, KatieB. Thank you for sharing these! I love that idea, too.

By: Amy Hackworth Amy Hackworth Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:47:03 +0000 Oh good, the rest is here now. THANK YOU for sharing such great things!! Lovely!

By: Loni Loni Tue, 23 Apr 2013 03:13:48 +0000 What a fantastic post! And what a great reminder of how important poetry is….I have a book of the world’s 100 greatest poems in my bathroom; the pages are totally worn out. I have underlined, written in the margins, and pondered these great writings. But, I haven’t looked at it for a long time. That is going to change RIGHT NOW. I will go look at it. Thank you, Amy…you always inspire me and get me thinking!

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By: Shannon { A Mom's Year } Shannon { A Mom's Year } Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:12:21 +0000 Hmm…I think because I included some links my message needs to be moderated. I’ll try again, but I’ll leave out the links–the videos are easy to find.

First of all, what a great first date! My husband wrote me a poem while we were dating, and that was that for me. :)

I love the Romantic poets, Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mary Oliver, Dylan Thomas, Stevie Smith (her “Not Waving But Drowning” is my go-to poem for days when I’m feeling ang-sty and completely overwhelmed by life).

And Seamus Heaney’s “Scaffolding.” My husband read it to me once after an argument. Needless to say, I forgave him. Watch Heaney read it if you can–he’s the most charming Irish gent in the world.

Do you know Billy Collins’s poem “The Lanyard”? It’s my favorite poem about motherhood–and again, if you can, watch a video of him reading it.

One more thing! Our favorite anthology is Caroline Kennedy’s A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children. So many of our favorite poems are included, and the paintings by Jon J Muth are beyond amazing.

Thanks for getting the ball rolling on poetry month!

By: Jenni Fisher Jenni Fisher Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:06:42 +0000 PS Amy,
Have you ever read Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast by John Ciardi. Your boys would like that.

By: Jenni Fisher Jenni Fisher Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:01:39 +0000 Wow Amy,
What a plethora of marvelous poetry ideas you have exposed us to. What fun. Thanks.

And can I just say that watching how you and Justin conduct your lives is poetry to me. Seriously.

I’m glad you found Sara Kay. I watch that every so often because I totally dig it. I’m glad you do too.

I’ll look forward to your next post,
Where you make the most,
Of your ability to weave a web of thoughts
and always make us think.

By: KatieB KatieB Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:53:10 +0000 Stop all the clocks, turn off the telephone
by W.H. Auden


Homage to My Hips
by Lucille Clifton

Two of my favorites.

I had an English teacher friend who chose a random poem from a book of poetry and read it to her family before they ate dinner each night around the table. I love that idea.