“Eating Poetry” National Poetry Month has Arrived!

Eating Poetry

by Mark Strand

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.

There is no happiness like mine.

I have been eating poetry.

The librarian does not believe what she sees.

Her eyes are sad

and she walks with her hands in her dress.

The poems are gone.

The light is dim.

The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.

Their eyeballs roll,

their blond legs burn like brush.

The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.

She does not understand.

When I get on my knees and lick her hand,

she screams.

I am a new man.

I snarl at her and bark.

I romp with joy in the bookish dark.


Peace,   Jen


It has arrived!

National Poetry Month is here!

Don’t forget

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thursday April 26th!

Please see these links for more information:

National Poetry Month FAQ
  1. What is National Poetry Month?
  2. Who started it?
  3. When is National Poetry Month?
  4. Why was April chosen for National Poetry Month?
  5. What are the goals of National Poetry Month?
  6. Shouldn’t we celebrate poetry all year round, not just in April?
  7. How does the Academy celebrate National Poetry Month?
  8. Do organizations need permission to participate?
  9. What can I do to celebrate NPM?
  10. How can teachers become more involved?
  11. How can librarians become more involved?
  12. How can booksellers become more involved?
  13. Does it cost anything to celebrate National Poetry Month?
  14. Can other organizations use the NPM logo?
  15. Do I need permission to use the NPM logo?
  16. How can I obtain a copy of the National Poetry Month poster?
  17. How can I support National Poetry Month?

~ by Step On a Crack on April 1, 2012.

11 Responses to ““Eating Poetry” National Poetry Month has Arrived!”

  1. Hi! On the bus still from dad’s. We stopped at a trucksop called Love’s. I just bout a bag of poetry to snack on! Damn straight! Love, Mel


  2. Nice Poem…
    & To me no day in 365 days can stand for Poetry because Poetry stands for seconds or even fractions of a second; it’s born in a smile, in a tear, in a frown, in a prayer; simply in a cardiac record…
    Every moment in a Poet’s life could be a moment to celebrate poetry


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