April is National Poetry Month (NPM)! I found some great books last week on the free books cart outside of the Gay City library. One of them is a collection of poems, Unstrung Heart by Robbi Sommers. Fitting that on the first day of NPM I stumbled upon a volume of poetry. I haven’t had a chance to read through all of the poems yet. It’s exciting whenever I discover an author new to me!
From the back cover of Unstrung Heart:
With her brilliant palette of poetry and prose, Robbi captures the delicate play of colors and light that illuminate our deepest hopes and fears. In intimate brushstrokes, she highlights and shades the real-life experiences that tear us apart…and make us whole.
Poem in Your Pocket Day is on Thursday, April 21! Check out Poets.org for tons of good stuff!
Other ways you can spiffy up your life with poetry:
- Write a poem on a slip of paper & make a poet-tree (I put one up at work with a bowl of paper birds & leaves, plus twine, for people to write poems on.)
- Sprinkle it into cards you give family, friends, coworkers, etc.
- Get cozy with a volume from your local library or bookstore.
There’s also a lot of fantastic poetry online. A simple search, using the phrase “lgbt poetry”, yields a wealth of links. Here is a short list to get your started:
- Lambda Literary
- BuzzFeed LGBT
- The Advocate
- Huffington Post
- Queer Women of Color (QWOC)
- All Poetry