152 Poetry Posts to Celebrate April, National Poetry Month

by lizard

This post is actually number 701, and boy howdy, it’s packed with links. By my count, I’ve written 152 poetry posts in the years I’ve been blogging. Some of the posts feature my own work and many of them highlight other writers. There’s truly something for everyone in this accumulation of poetic content.

The poetry posts don’t often generate many comments. One reason may be the sense that poetry is an inaccessible art form that requires a college professor to decode. Since attending UM to get my degree in creative writing, I’ve always felt a need to push back against that sentiment, because I think it keeps people from even trying to read and think about poetry.

I may be biased, but I think poetry is a vital part of the human experience. For me, there is a profound sense of satisfaction when lines arrive and fall into place. I can’t imagine not being able to write—when I go too long without writing, I get a bit twitchy.

I am very grateful to have this forum to push poetry on y’all. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more!


Spring Break

American Horror Story

Celebrity Poet?

Allen Ginsberg and Marshall Jones

Iranian Poet Executed

Denis Johnson

Park Avenue

Montana Gothic

Amiri Baraka 1934-2014


Christmas Caroling Current Events



Full Size Patter Now Available!

Paul Krugman Wants to Know What Happened

Our Bright Future

A Poem by Ryan Zinke

Festival of the Book

Copyright, Plagiarism and Litigation

Poet Kofi Awoonor Killed in Nairobi

Walter Whitman White

For What It’s Worth


Charles Bukowski or Black Sparrow’s John Martin?

Cut and Paste

Free Association

All I Want is to Dance!

Chicken Soup


Weldon Kees

Night is Simply a Shadow

American Death Wish?

Killing Poets

All-American Poem

Monsanto, Sylvia Plath and Bees

Mary Oliver

Outlaw Poet Rebecca Fransway

Clinton Group Philosophy Statement

Project Butterfly

Brother Enemy, Poems of the Korean War

Corporate Media, Poverty, and How Poetry Can Save America

Frank, Form

Landscape at the End of the Century

Douglas Ernst And Liberal Arts

Daniel Berrigan, Renegade Jesuit

Letters To Wendy’s, Tweets From @robdelaney


Field Nigga Boogie

Mark Levine

Brenda Hillman!

Football + Physics = Fysics

#FiascoGate And A Drone Poem By Michael Robbins

From Wright To Write

Adios 2012

Matthew Rohrer

Mark Gibbons New Book!

Lars Iyer And Weldon Kees

Life In Prison For A Poem

The Destruction Of The Jaguar

Pillars Of Cloud

The Dangers Of Nonfiction


James Welch 600

Kids Love Poetry!!!


Wake The Fuck Up!

James Wright

9/11, Arab Fall, And A Poem For Asmaa Mahfouz


Kim Addonizio, From 9/11 To M.F.A.


War On Drugs, Caravan For Peace

Alden Van Buskirk


Raymond Carver


Patricia Goedicke

The Occult

Damn Environmentalists!

Carrying The Darkness

Wave Books


A Poem About Parenting

Twofold Consciousness

Laci Peterson Responds

Fucking Nigger

An April Feast Of Poetry


Adrienne Rich, RIP

Spring and All



More Cate Marvin


Man Up!

Minnie Bruce Pratt

True Love

Judy Blunt

A Poem for Newt

Poetry as Stress Reliever

Frank Marshall Davis


John Yoo Vs. Leonard Cohen

Spoken Word


The Politics of Poop and Transients

Hitchens, Iraq, and a Poem by Tadeusz Różewicz

A Tribute

Doing My Part to Save Capitalism


A Consumer’s Confession

A Montana Trip

Song Writers VS Poets

Ted and Sylvia

The Readership

Coming Unglued

Occupy Language

Roque Dalton


Dream a Little Dream…

Dan Beachy-Quick

Poetry and 9/11, pt. 2

Poetry and 9/11

The Alphabet VS The Goddess


Beatnik 2.0


Montana’s New Poet Laureate



Of Poets and Bloggers Alike

One Night Under a Big Moon…

Another Word for Weird

Atomic Ghost


A Humpday Warblues Shot of Poetry…



Capitalism, Poetry, and War

Dealing With Pricks

From Hip Hop to Palestine

Liz’s Weekend Poetry Series

Year of the Rabbit

Why Doesn’t It Matter?

Donald Justice and Patrick Todd

Ed Lahey

Michael Earl Craig

m.l. smoker

Diane DiPrima

Joe Bolton

Robinson Jeffers

Can Poetry Matter?

Poetry and Politics

  1. Big Swede

    Poets Keats and Lord Byron died and Saint Peter said that, sadly, he had but one room for poets in heaven. To determine which one, Saint Peter asked them to write a poem in sixty-seconds using the word Timbuktu.

    Keats wrote:

    As I was walking on the shore
    listening to the ocean roar
    A sailing ship came into view

    Lord Byron wrote

    As Tim and I astrolling went,
    We spied three maidens in a tent.
    Since they were three and we were two,
    I bukt one and Tim bukt two.

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