Thank you to our PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts) participants for another illuminating National Poetry Month! 202 participating poets published 3,861 poems total during April, and many completed all 30 prompts/badges in the categories of remixing, erasure, out and about, conceptual, and chance operations.
Some prompts asked poets to move out of their comfort zones by going outside and engaging with the public. Others stretched technical abilities or pushed poets to allow a bit of chance into their writing. We’ll call this a very productive month.
Participating poets: whether or not you managed all 30, we are impressed and humbled by your work. While FPR staff could not possibly read all of your poems during the month (we wish we could!) we read as many as possible and have collected some standout poems to highlight below. The poems will remain publicly accessible on the PoMoSco website throughout May for all who would like to continue reading (we certainly will!).
Below, find our picks plus top posts by number of website visitors.
Share your favorites
Because we have missed many amazing poems, we encourage PoMoSco poets to please share in the comments 1) your favorite poem that you wrote this month. 2) your favorite poem that another PoMoSco poet wrote this month and 3) your favorite prompt. Readers: even if you were not a participant, please feel free to share a link to a PoMoSco poem that you especially enjoyed.
And we’ll share some of ours
Here are ten poems (in no particular order) that found their way in front of our eyes and pleased us very much. Again, please post your picks below and help bring us up to speed on what we have missed!
Build me bridges
that leave no trace of my soil
when I cross them.
I got sort of weird…
the found thorn flutters.
buried lures. more yearning
(with more seen)
4. “the parcels hold; and not care much” by James Moore (follow the link for video/audio of this poem)
I am wrapped round
phrases? They have left me very little to lay on
5. “No Waiting, No Wrong Turns” by Nancy Chen Long
since you are not only noble, you are righteous.
You are authorized. So enter Frenchy’s Pub
6. “What Did You Expect?” by Sennah Yee
when a river wants water,
what does it do?
One beetle recognizes another.
Breeding will break out in the eyes of a cat.
Before a mountain of Thorazined fat
there had been the prettiest girl
in Arrandale Elementary
She held fear in a bowl and unwound the strip
a piece of rotten string looped against her fingertips.
little masses, dangerous
as analogies, never
presenting their surfaces.
*Top three posts per category by website visit
Out and About
*Please note: in an effort to get as much variety in front of you as possible, we opted not to repeat individual poets in the above “top posts by visit.”*