Thank goodness for National Poetry Month! It’s always a good excuse for this poet to “goose the muse”. In my neck of the woods (the Philadelphia/South Jersey area) there’s something going on just about every day this month. I can’t possibly do all the events I’d like to attend, so I have to pick judiciously.
I did attend the Rutgers Spring Writer’s Conference in
I’m still going strong in the Poem-a-Day Challenge – 13 for 13 up to today (14 for 13 if you count the “bonus” haiku I wrote yesterday). I’ve latched onto a fun blog on the Writers Digest website by Robert Lee Brewer (find it here) which gives daily poetry prompts and invites participants to post the results. There’s quite a variety of poetry, needless to say.
Music: Not much new stuff to report, except I did get R.E.M.’s new CD Accelerate. I think it’s the best album they’ve done in quite a while, and definitely the rockingest album since Monster. I’d rate it four stars on a scale of five.
Poem of the Week: How about one of the poems I’ve cranked out in my Poem-a-day Challenge? It’s nothing substantial, but it was a lot of fun to write. (Poetic license: not all these bands are really on my iPod.)
What’s in My iPod
Beatles, Beastie Boys, Black Keys.
Crash Test Dummies, Cream, Cousteau,
Dead Can Dance, The Doors, Devo.
Elbow, ELO, Eve 6,
Fine Young Cannibals, The Fixx.
Gentle Giant, Go-Betweens,
Hüsker Dü, Heaven 17.
Indigo Girls, Innocence
Lovin’ Spoonful, Luscious
Magic Numbers, The Motels,
No Doubt, Neutral Milk Hotel.
Over the Rhine, Ozomatli,
Pink Floyd, Pet Shop Boys, The Pixies.
Roches, Rage Against the Machine.
Son Volt, Smithereens, Spoon, The Shins,
Tom Tom Club, Tool, Thompson Twins.
Uriah Heep, The Undertones,
The Verve, The Vines, The Velvetones.
Wilco, Wedding Present, Who
X and XTC (just two).
Youngbloods, Yo La Tengo, Yes,
Zero 7 – that’s it, I guess!