From “Winnie” by Gwendolyn Brooks as we begin April is #PoetryMonth

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Gone to join the ancestors. Grateful for her life and her spirit.

Kinna Reads

April is (US) National Poetry Month.  It’s been a while since I celebrated the month here at Kinna Reads and frankly, I miss it.  There is no theme to this year’s celebration. I might, uncharacteristically,  share more “upbeat” poems since the first three months of 2018 have been quite unsettling, to put it mildly.  Illness and a stream of bad news have me feeling vulnerable and unmoored. As I typed that sentence, I reminded myself that sad poetry can be  sweet and haunting. I’m just going to have fun this month. I’ll be reading at least one poem a day and will post poetry here throughout April. Old favourites and new discoveries.

The above is the first paragraph of a post I scheduled to go live today. I was going to kickoff #PoetryMonth with “May this be a House of Joy” by Lucille Clifton.  But yesterday, April 2nd, brought news…

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