Opinions vs. Truth

As today is April 20th, we’re almost three full weeks into the annual observance of National Poetry Month. I always find it interesting to scroll through one website which chronicles various notable events On This Day. No mention on that website of National Poetry Month (no results found), but the site provides an interesting mix of history, film and tv, music and sport going back a long way.

When I view sites like On This Day, I’m usually curious about why certain pieces of information are included. For instance, the website today refers to a particular song release or a celebrity who broke her arm when thrown from a horse, or a specific brutal act committed by a mass murderer. Who decides which “events” are important enough to merit inclusion? Continue reading “Opinions vs. Truth”

Viewpoint Transcendence

Today, we celebrate April’s 19th day in observance of National Poetry Month 2024. It’s always interesting (to me) to know what other individuals and organizations are doing to mark the month. Here’s one innovative tack:  NPR (National Public Radio) has a hotline anyone can call to hear a poem recited daily. (Long distance charges may apply, of course.)

Somehow I missed this info, but today I learned the month’s theme is weather. I was unable to locate any mention of this theme on the informational page for National Poetry Month. Maybe I’m being spoofed by the AI monster? There’s a warning which says I need to “verify critical facts.”

Alas, I completely overlooked the Poem in Your Pocket Day celebration which occurred yesterday! One of the suggested ways to participate in this exercise is to Read a poem out loud from your porch, window, backyard or outdoor space. Yes, I suppose I could hold a belated celebration? The cows in the pasture across the lane could be my captive audience. Continue reading “Viewpoint Transcendence”

Speedy Mis-Judgments

Continuing with my personal observance of National Poetry Month 2024, I might have been tempted to start out by stating another day … another poem. Blah, blah, blah. Instead, early this morning, an unexpected distraction sent my whole plan for the day off the rails!

It’s fair to say, this is how my brain works, I guess. Especially when it comes to writing poetry, the muse is often out of control! Words begin shaping into sentences in my head, and almost without bidding, an entire poem has seemingly written itself! More often than not, I’ll rush to write out those sentences and give them time to simmer … at least for a day or two, maybe more. I just don’t want to trust myself with a hot take! Capiche? Continue reading “Speedy Mis-Judgments”

Prompt Poetics

There are online websites and apps I’ve noticed which acknowledge April as National Poetry Month 2024. The dictionary.com app on my phone (which I use quite often) displayed an announcement promoting their support. When I opened the app this morning, I noticed they’ve sponsored a poetry challenge to celebrate National Poetry Month.

The challenge looks interesting, specifying only two rules which may be fun, but stringent. If you’re someone who enjoys making up new words, this challenge might get your 2-5 line poem published to their challenge webpage! Looks like an excellent way to awaken oneself to a new experimental format. Continue reading “Prompt Poetics”

Cut It Out!

As we enter the last half of April and National Poetry Month 2024, I’m enjoying the wonders of Spring re-emerging! The dandelions are out in force across our lawn and eastern meadowlarks are singing their melodic praises through my open window.

Even when there’s a hint of rain in the air (as now with a 35% chance forecasted), I savor Spring’s goodness … except for the birds that insist on nesting in the shelter of my front porch! Back in January or February, I tore down the nest they’d built last year, high and out of my reach. (I had to get out the ten-foot ladder.) How did I miss their efforts at rebuilding? Alas, I can’t say for sure, but build they did, and from the porch floor, I’m unable to see whether bird-eggs are present, so I’ll forbear – for now! Continue reading “Cut It Out!”

Tax Day Blues

Whether it’s National Poetry Month 2024 or not, this poet quickly realizes there are consequences to stress. When I crawled out of bed with an achy neck and stiff upper shoulders, it was readily apparent I’d been mon-stress-ly afflicted! With the income tax deadline set for midnight tonight, who wouldn’t be stressed?

Would anyone have blamed me for crawling immediately back into bed? Yet, I would not be deterred! As a matter of fact, I have a sonnet which fits perfectly with the day and my diminished condition! (Ha! How’s that for good planning?!) Though written a number of years ago, I kept the poem in reserve … for now apparently. Continue reading “Tax Day Blues”

The Fragrance of Christ

We’re two weeks into National Poetry Month 2024, and it’s a beautiful day outside (maybe a bit unseasonal at 82º), but poetry is in season whatever the outdoor temperature.

This being Sunday, I wanted to post a more serious poem (no silliness) but this one requires a personal admission:  from time to time, I experience unfortunate lapses in my level of spiritual maturity. Because our income taxes are due tomorrow and I have much to do to complete them, I’m bummed. Taxes have become such a chore for me! Anyone else feel the same?

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Finding My Location

Thirteen days into our observance of National Poetry Month 2024, I think this is a good occasion for review. A dear friend and reader asked me recently about the name of this blog. Where does it originate, why did I choose the name, etc.? Others may have had similar questions, so let’s pull back the curtain (so to speak).

I launched this blog in July 2010. Names are always tricky but my vision for this writing platform was to share my thoughts, my poetry and my faith and, in the process, possibly earn an audience. I chose the name Wiseblooding as an homage to Flannery O’Connor, a writer I greatly admired. Her first novel was titled Wise Blood. Continue reading “Finding My Location”

Despair In Delusion

As we observe the twelfth day of National Poetry Month 2024, I was thinking about how some dates come and go without being judged significant. They’re just days we go about our business and ordinary lives, doing what needs to be done and then climbing into bed at night to do it all over the next day.

Other days are highly memorable … remarkable … seared into our brains for many years to come. An anniversary (of sorts) went by a couple weeks back. Since it was Holy Week, I made a conscientious decision to avoid marking the day, even though a sonnet I had written was intended for post on that day. Continue reading “Despair In Delusion”

Art For the Happy Few

Speaking to a journalist in 1897, humorist Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) stated, “I have even heard on good authority that I was dead.” As I continue the April observance of National Poetry Month 2024, I’ve read similar statements related to poetry.

More than half a lifetime ago (August 1988), Commentary Magazine ran an article “Who Killed Poetry?” Written by Joseph Epstein, the article is still available to read online. Back in that time, Epstein’s commentary is said to have caused quite a stir in literary circles. The essay provoked necessary discussion about poetry’s relevance. Coincidentally, the highly-acclaimed film Dead Poets Society was released in 1989. Epstein’s death of poetry statement was published eight years before National Poetry Month‘s inaugural 1996 celebration. Continue reading “Art For the Happy Few”