Welcome to Open Link Night at dVerse!
This is your opportunity to put your feet up from any particular form or topic and post one poem of your choice. Of course, you may link up your latest villanelle that you may have already linked to the recent Form Poetry prompt by Sarah. If you missed Amaya’s Poetics, “Cascade”, this is another chance to respond. Whatever you choose, let the poetry party begin!
Hopefully you are enjoying the weather wherever you may be. This transition from winter to legitimate “Spring” has been very unpredictable in my area. I thought I would share with you the work of some famous Canadian poets who have written in the spirit of spring. Perhaps if I read them again and click my heels three times, the snow will vanish!?
The late Bliss William Carman was a famous Canadian poet from the Maritime province of New Brunswick. His ancestry includes a family link to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Nature is a primary theme of his poetry. You can read more about him here. (poemhunter.com)
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AN APRIL MORNING – Bliss Carman
Once more in misted April
The world is growing green.
Along the winding river
The plumey willows lean.
Beyond the sweeping meadows
The looming mountains rise,
Like battlements of dreamland
Against the brooding skies.
In every wooded valley
The buds are breaking through,
As though the heart of all things
No languor ever knew.
The golden-wings and bluebirds
Call to their heavenly choirs.
The pines are blued and drifted
With smoke of brushwood fires.
And in my sister’s garden
Where little breezes run,
The golden daffodillies
Are blowing in the sun.
Di Brandt is a a multiple award winning author and editor, known internationally through her many lectures, fellowships, readings and workshops. She is Winnipeg’s first Poet Laureate. You can read more of her bio here. (www.uwinnipeg.ca) Her work is published by Turnstone Press and Coach House Press.
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EARLY SPRING THAW – Di Brandt
Today I am made of water, touch my shoulder and I leak
my belly a lake, my bones an open river flowing toward
sea, all this salt in me, who would have thought
dissolving into flesh, tears, an open wound, rubbed raw.
The wind of February sweeps the air clean, the sky with
its fugitive clouds, its murky definitions, vaguely white,
soon the clear pale lemon yellow fading into dark rose
and then blue black, the night with its cold sparkle, its
And me in early spring thaw, gasping for new air,
imagine, in all this snow, melting.
(www.rattle.com, permission for use granted by Di Brandt)
- Write a poem in your blog.
- Enter your name and direct link to your poem in Mr. Linky.
- Read and comment on the work of other amazing poets.
- Link back to dVerse so others can find us too.
- Drop in to say hello in our discussion below.
- Have fun!
Thank you for hosting Mish! 🙂
Hi Rob…thanks for opening the pub door and joining in. 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello All… I will make some small rounds reading tonight. I will not link up anything tonight as I’m leaving for short vacation. Keep up the poetry my friends. I will be back.
Happy vacationing, Bjorn. 🙂
Clara Coulson said:
Lovely spring poems! 🙂
Hi Clara. Glad you enjoyed them. 🙂
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Hello dear poets! Happy global poetry writing month! Bjorn, enjoy your holiday
Hi erbiage…thanks for reminding me of that! 🙂
Frank Hubeny said:
Nice presentation of the two poets.
Thanks Frank 🙂 I was intrigued by Di Brandt’s work.
Good evening all and thank you for hosting this Thursday, Mish! I’m afraid I have to post and run this evening but I will be back in the morning for a short while to read and comment. I will have more time on my train ride to visit my daughter, WiFi permitting. I might miss the prompts on Monday and Tuesday as I will only have my gremlin-infested Kindle with me, but I will try! I’ll be back to a semblance of normal next Thursday. Have a great weekend!
Enjoy your trip, Kim. A train ride sounds wonderful…..reading poetry with wifi would be a bonus.
Thank you so much, Mish. I can’t wait to see Ellen and Lucas!
Hi Mish and All. It’s still nippy outside but not freezing. Tonight I posted a twofer. Mish, do you have any hot herbal tea with honey behind the bar?
Hiya jade…yes I do. Better late than never….just arrived home from work, but the tea was brewing.
Thanks Mish ❤
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Hi Mish and Everyone! Thank you for hosting, Mish. I really enjoyed those poems.
Hello Merril 🙂 Glad you enjoyed them.
Hello Mish and poets all! I don’t often join in open link night as it’s sometimes daunting to read everyone’s offering when so many link up. But I have one I want to share and hope to read others’ posts over the weekend. Robins are out but the sun is not!
Yes, it can be a lot of work to comment on so many. I understand, Lynn. The robins here are very chubby, but cold!
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I’ve linked up todays NaPoWriMo offering – not quite a sonnet, really.
Hi Sarah, I will be happy to read “not quite a sonnet”. 😉
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Charmed Chaos said:
Hello All- Adding one I wrote today for the Toads prompt.
Thanks Linda. Looking forward to reading it. 🙂
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Sorry I mistyped my post and the first one needs to be deleted!
Hi Dwight….I took care of that for you. Thanks for joining in.
Thank you… seems I am the only one who does this!
Just Barry said:
I’m still catching up (with NaPoWriMo and whatnot), but I feel like I’m getting my second wind.
I debated sharing this recent poem here, especially during such a typically prolific poetry month, but ultimately I thought I should. My apologies and advanced warnings to anyone who may be triggered by the violent subject matter.
So glad you did share it, Barry. The voice of poetry can never be underestimated. Thanks for joining in. 🙂
Ali Grimshaw said:
Thanks for hosting and happy poetry month to all.
Happy poetry month to you too Ali. 🙂
Thank you for hosting, I loved the poems that you shared, and am looking forward to reading more from the authors.
Linking up my weird villanelle as inspired and tasked by today’s Napowrimo prompt. Hope that’s ok!
Thanks for joining in, Oloriel…..your poem was weird and wonderful! 🙂
Thank you very much, I find “weird” to be the most delightful compliment a poem of mine can get, so double thank you! Hope you have a wonderful day.
Frank J. Tassone said:
Good Morning, Poets! Better late than never, right? Thanks, Mish, for hosting OLN. See everyone on the trail! 🙂
You betcha, Frank. The door is open til it’s closed. 😉