I'm back at the office after another unscheduled trip away (the Trickster gods still working overtime), and I can't believe it's April already. Did we actually have a March? If so, it seems to have passed in a blurr....
The best thing about April is that it's National Poetry Month, so there are many fine poetry offerings to be found on the web. Check out National Poetry Month With the Pre-Raphaelites, over on the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood blog. Or sign up to have a poem emailed to you each day this month from the American Academy of Poets (which is also sponsoring a Poem in Your Pocket event on April 30th). If it's mythic poetry you're after, check out the marvelous Goblin Fruit webzine, the poetry archives of The Journal of Mythic Arts, and a year's worth of "Sunday Poem" selections archived on the JoMA "News & Reviews" blog (there are some real treasures here).
Prefer your poetry on the printed page? I recommend books and chapbooks by Endicott Studio poets Jane Yolen (Among Angels), Carolyn Dunn (Outfoxing Coyote), Jeannine Hall Gailey (Becoming the Villainess), Joseph Stanton (The Imaginary Museum), Mario Milosevic (Animal Life, Fantasy Life, Love Life), and Howard Gayton (Poems to the Desert). And don't miss the latest offerings from Laurie Kutchins (Slope of the Child Everlasting, with art by the amazing Jeannie Tomanek); from Catherynne Valente (A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects, with an introduction by Midori Snyder); and from Lawrence Schimel's A Midsummer Night's Press.
You can send someone a poem a day through the Endicott E-Postcards site, featuring a month's worth of mythic poetry and art. On the card above: my painting "The Muse" (from the Animal Tales series) paired with text from Charles de Lint's poem Tapu'at House. Below: lovely art by Oliver Hunter, with a snippet from John Donne's Elygy 10.