Poems, 30 Days: Inside a Poet’s Mind
by A. D. Joyce
Published by A. D. Joyce at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 A. D.
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April is the
cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
~T. S. Eliot, “The Wasteland
The poems in this ebook were written during April 2011 to commemorate National Poetry Month. The poems originally appeared on my blog, Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World. Commentary was added here to explain a little about what inspired each one.
National Poetry Month was first introduced by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to help increase appreciation for and awareness of the art form. Among poets who blog, some have taken on the challenge of writing a poem a day for the month and posting them on their websites.
When I first heard of the challenge, I was reluctant to participate because I didn’t think I had the discipline to do it successfully. However in 2011, I was going through personal turmoil in the form of the breakup of my 26-year marriage. Near the end of March, I was in the process of packing and had even found an apartment but it was not available for me to move into until May. Writing a poem a day seemed like a constructive way for me to channel my energy in the meantime.