In honor

April 15, 2012

It’s April! Which means: National Poetry Month. National Poetry Month is seven kinds of awesome and it warms the black cockles of my heart that people are celebrating poetry. I think probably the most meaningful and important things are said simply, in gesture,  in things that are quiet or even unsaid–just known. You can say a lot of things over a morning table with coffee and not speak a word. All you have to do is watch.

I wish I had the health and the time to post a poem once a day in April, but then I thought about it, and wondered, why not just post sentences–words I’ve read that make my jaw drop–that’s poetry, no? There is poetry in prose. All the time. Just ask my bookshelf. I have so many books, dog-eared with words that ring true and make me stop in my tracks and think: YES.

So I’ll be sharing little tidbits of delicious words with you at times this month. Sometimes, those delicious words are just what we need.

~via Haven Kimmel from A Girl Named Zippy

There are two photographs, taken at a slumber party at Julie’s house, just before Dana disappeared forever. In the first we are trying to form a human pyramid, like cheerleaders. Dana, Anita, Annette are on the bottom, being always the tallest. On top are Rose and Julie and Kirsten. We’re laughing wildly into the camera. In the second the pyramid has toppled and we are lying in a heap on the floor, and the expression on our faces is quite different. We are all, in various ways, trying to keep our tender and budding chests from touching the person in front of us, for fear of the sharp knock of pain that accompanied every touch. The days of hard wrestling were already over, although we were just beginning to realize it. From then on, we would spend  our lives as girls trying to maintain that flat, sad distance. Some people moved so far away that we never, ever, saw them again.

***If you have a favorite poem of passage from a book that knocked you breathless, please post about it!

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