April, in case you didn’t know, was National Poetry Month. I’m afraid I only remembered that on March 31, so I didn’t have time to prepare much in the way of poetry-related blog posts. So instead, I decided to tweet a poem every day in April. Here’s the full list:
April 1: “The Windhover” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
April 2: “O Taste and See” by Denise Levertov
April 3: “Love (III)” by George Herbert
For Herbert’s 424nd birthday, I decided to go with this gem.
April 4: “Veni Creator” by Czeslaw Milosz
April 5: “Entrance” by Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Dana Gioia)
April 6: “Kitchenette Building” by Gwendolyn Brooks
April 7: “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” by Wendell Berry
Of course, the whole poem is much too long for me to share in screenshots on Twitter, so I just shared this excerpt of it.
April 8: “If I can stop one heart from breaking” by Emily Dickinson
April 9: Holy Sonnet X: “Death be not proud” by John Donne
April 10: “A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti
April 11: “Words” by Dana Gioia
My favorite poem by one of my favorite living poets.
April 12: “Sky Song” by Robert Desnos (translated by Don Paterson)
April 13: “Lightenings XII” by Seamus Heaney
One of my favorite Heaney poems, for what would have been his 78th birthday.
April 14: “Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness” by John Donne
Because April 14 was Good Friday, I wanted something appropriate for the day. But, since I knew that everyone and his brother was going to be tweeting Donne’s “Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward,” I instead went with this excerpt of his “Hymn to God My God in My Sickness,” which is one of my favorite poems addressing the Crucifixion.
April 15: “Small Prayer in a Hard Wind” by Christian Wiman
April 16: “Resurrection” by John Donne
From Donne’s sonnet sequence La Corona.
April 17: “The Gift” by Li-Young Lee
April 18: “The Song of Wandering Aengus” by W. B. Yeats
April 19: “Envy of Other People’s Poems” by Robert Hass
April 20: “The Eagle” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
April 21: “The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone” by John Keats
April 22: Excerpt from Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 2
April 23: Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
For Shakespeare’s birthday/anniversary of death.
April 24: “In My Craft or Sullen Art” by Dylan Thomas
April 25: “Pelt” by Paul Muldoon
April 26: “As kingfishers catch fire” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
April 27: “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
April 28: “Backward Miracle” by Kay Ryan
April 29: “Ithaka” by C. P. Cavafy
On the occasion of Cavafy’s 154th birthday.
April 30: “Pure beauty: benediction” by Czeslaw Milosz
An excerpt from Milosz’s book-length poem The Separate Notebooks.
That’s all for now. Do let me know which are your favorites in the comments.