Happy Poetry Friday and Happy Women’s History Month!
In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m sharing a golden shovel poem built from Margarita Engle’s prose piece, The Care and Feeding of Poetry, that’s featured in this months Poetry Foundation’s, Poetry Magazine. The March issue is devoted to Children’s poets and artists and is spectacular–hope you can read a copy!
Come pollinate poetry,
follow your heart’s passion like
milkweed petals replenishing peace
in pollinator’s hungry palate—self-value is
center—poetry “is personal.”
©2021 Michelle Kogan
Golden shovel striking line: Poetry, like peace, is personal. From Margarita Engle’s prose writing The Care and Feeding of Poetry, Poetry Magazine, March 2021, Volume 217, Number 6, the Poetry Foundation.
TULA [“books are door-shaped”]
By Margarita Engle
Books are door-shaped
helping me feel
But my mother believes
that girls who read too much
so my father’s books are locked
in a clear glass cabinet. I gaze
at enticing covers
and mysterious titles,
but I am rarely permitted
All are forbidden.
Girls are not supposed to think,
but as soon as my eager mind
begins to race, free thoughts
the trapped ones.
Read the rest of the poem here.
I’m also sneaking in a couple holiday cards for Passover and Easter that are slowly creeping up on us… both cards have poems on the back and have found homes in my Etsy shop.
one hushed bunny
two embracing branches,
burgeoning many new buds
three dainty eggs
© 2021 Michelle Kogan
stalworth greens open
spring’s tender tulips and
© Michelle Kogan
Kat at her blog Kathryn Apel Children’s Author & Poet is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, and she’s calling it a Poetry Friday Muster—as that’s the “Australian term for the American cattle round-up.” Kat’s sharing her newly released book, The BIRD in the HERD,” so mosey on over and have a look!
Visit Renée LaTulippe at No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.