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In case you didn’t know, April was National Poetry Month in the States. This year, same as last, I decided to celebrate by posting a different poem every day on Twitter. My post collecting all of last year’s poems got a great response, so here I am again with a whole new set of poems!
(There are a few inadvertent repeats from last year. But, as a friend of mine said, some poems are worth repeating.)
April 1: “Lightenings XII” by Seamus Heaney
Though it is technically about Good Friday, I thought it would be fitting to share on Easter too.
April 2: “Spoken For” by Li-Young Lee
April 3: “Echo” by Christina Rossetti
April 4: “Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” by Billy Collins
This choice was inspired by my neighbor’s dog. Life imitates art.
April 5: “Holy Sonnet X” by John Donne
April 6: “Hurrahing in Harvest” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
April 7: “Motive” by Don Paterson
April 8: A haiku by Kobayashi Issa (translated by Robert Hass)
April 9: “The day is gone and all its sweets are gone!” by John Keats
April 10: “Low Branches” by Yves Bonnefoy (translated by Beverley Bie Brahic)
April 11: “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
April 12: “Sunday Afternoons” by Yusef Komunyakaa
April 13: “At the Wellhead” by Seamus Heaney
In honor of Heaney’s birthday.
April 14: “The More Loving One” by W. H. Auden
April 15: “In my craft or sullen art” by Dylan Thomas
April 16: “I died for beauty” by Emily Dickinson
April 17: “The Panther” by Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Stephen Mitchell)
April 18: “Senza Flash” by Adam Zagajewski (translated by Clare Cavanagh)
April 19: “Track” by Tomas Tranströmer (translated by Robert Bly)
April 20: “Good Bones” by Maggie Smith
April 21: “The Beautiful Changes” by Richard Wilbur
April 22: “Morning Song” by Sylvia Plath
April 23: “When I have seen by Time’s fell hand defaced” by William Shakespeare
April 24: An excerpt from “The Separate Notebooks” by Czesław Miłosz (translated by Miłosz and Robert Hass)
April 25: “Innocence” by Patrick Kavanagh
April 26: “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by John Keats
April 27: “Skunk Hour” by Robert Lowell
April 28: An excerpt from “My God, It’s Full of Stars” by Tracy K. Smith
April 29: “Oneness” by Pablo Neruda (translated by Stephen Kessler)
April 30: “Ithaka” by C. P. Cavafy (translated by Philip Sherrard and Edmund Keeley)
That’s all thirty! Let me know in the comments which are your favorites.