A poem-a-day for National Poetry Month

General

Goodbye, And Thanks for the Fish…

A little love magic from Leonard Cohen today, as a way to say thank you for all the amazing poems this month. Keep up the wild poeming when you can, and come back next year so we don’t miss you too much…
All the best, Shanna
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Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye by Leonard Cohen
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I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm,
your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm,
yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new,
in city and in forest they smiled like me and you,
but now it’s come to distances and both of us must try,
your eyes are soft with sorrow,
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye.
I’m not looking for another as I wander in my time,
walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
you know my love goes with you as your love stays with me,
it’s just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea,
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but let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t
untie,
your eyes are soft with sorrow,
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye.
I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm,
your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm,
yes many loved before us, I know that we are not new,
in city and in forest they smiled like me and you,
but let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t
untie,
your eyes are soft with sorrow,
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye.
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Let Us Go Then, You & I

 

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question …
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
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Tomorrow, we begin our quest for a poem-a-day during National Poetry Month — thirty days of prompts and poetry, thirty days of opening our hearts and minds and notebooks and laptops, thirty days of joy and exhaustion and pain and pleasure. It’s going to be amazing and poemific.
Prompts will be posted at midnight-ish the night before (US East Coast Time, if this works out the way I hope it does). You’re welcome to post your poem in the comments (or your link or your notes about writing said poem) anytime after the prompt is posted. You don’t have to use the prompt, of course. It’s just there as a jump-off and inspirational point.
Thanks for joining us! It’s almost time for the Wild Poeming to begin!

About to Begin!

Welcome all of you who’ve committed to doing a poem-a-day for the month of April. We’re just about ready to kick off the big event — hope you’re revving your poetry engines out there and getting your schedule cleared (ha!). In the meantime, we hope you’ll continue to spread the word about poem-a-day: The more poets and writers we have on board, the merrier! There is always a place for more poetry in the world.

In addition, if you’re a poet, we’re still looking for a few good prompts. Want to give a form challenge? How about offering up an inspirational image or quote as a jump-off point? Just send your prompts to notwithoutpoetry@gmail.com.

Two more days before the wild poeming begins!