Happy Poetry Month

Yep, it’s the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month, and I have committed to writing a poem a day.

The Two Sylvias Press makes this fun by offering a new poem prompt sent to my email each day. If you’re interested, you should check them out at http://www.twosylviaspress.com/index.html. I love them, and how they encourage writing for everyone!

I did their February online writing retreat and wrote over 20 poems. Much to my amazement, 8 of those poems have been accepted by 6 journals for publication. I’ve already posted a few of them here, and then another one was published yesterday called “Ample”

“Ample” is a Golden Shovel poem. I had never heard of this format, and it was SO challenging for me at first, but then I just stopped thinking too much about it, and put pen to paper, and I think it came out pretty good.

Here’s the background of the Golden Shovel poem:https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/golden-shovel-poetic-form?fbclid=IwAR1yjXIGUYvDbQngo3uVoC2RQde9JQoyI1Z9bXGwFRaU8OKXuTEdhqnCrg4

Basically, you write a poem, and the last word of each line, in order, is another famous poem. Simple, right?

I chose to use one of my favorite Emily Dickinson poems that begins with

“Ample make this bed”

I was so thrilled when the Editor of Neologism Poetry Journal accepted it for the 46th monthly issue that went live on Friday. I hope you enjoy it- Be sure to also read the last words of each line to read one of Dickinson’s masterpieces.

Ample make this Bed —
Make this Bed with Awe —
In it wait till Judgment break
Excellent and Fair.

Be its Mattress straight —
Be its Pillow round —
Let no Sunrise’ yellow noise
Interrupt this Ground —

Emily Dickinson

Please go to the website to see the issue and the other 7 amazing poems published for this issue. They are quite experimental and interesting each in this own way. I’m so lucky to be in such talented company.

https://www.neologismpoetry.com/issues/

Many thanks to Editor Christopher Fields for helping me share this labor of love in his labor of love. You can subscribe to receive each monthly online issue for free.

Today, another of my poems that I wrote a few months ago was published in Amethyst Review which is based in Great Britain.

With today being the day after Good Friday, and the Saturday before Easter, Editor Sarah Law wrote to me that she thought today would be a good day to publish it.

To be honest, I was not prepared for how deeply emotional I would feel reading it today.

Not only is it the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month, we recently celebrated my son’s 25th birthday.🎂 I’m so, so grateful for his life

Here’s the direct the link to my poem on the website:https://amethystmagazine.org/2021/04/03/waiting-for-life-a-poem-by-lisa-molina/

Amethyst Review publishes beautiful “New Writing Engaging with the Sacred” as the website says. I highly recommend you subscribe to the email list to get a daily inspirational/spiritual poem in your inbox. It’s also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/139908716762228/posts/929590164460742/?d=n

And Twitter https://twitter.com/amethystreview/status/1378289720074063874?s=21

There are two more of my works that are slated to be published this month in different journals, so I’ll post those when they go live. 😊

Finally, here are some great ideas for Poetry Month that I found on poets.org. I plan to order the free poster and try to some of the things they suggest.

https://poets.org/national-poetry-month/

So, if you’ve read this far, THANK YOU! I

If you celebrate Easter, have a wonderful Easter. ✝️🐣🐰🙏🏼

If you celebrated Passover, Happy Pesach,🙏🏼 ✡️

And a final shout-out to those dealing with Autism, because this is also Autism Awareness Month. 🧩 I work with kids with special needs, and they inspire me every day. 🧩

Until next time~

Lisa the Lit Geek

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