Happy First Day of April



April Fools’ Day Quiz

Is it wise to spend the day gazing into space?
Is it wise to while the hours sitting in one place?

Is it wise to wonder how a cookie’s like the moon?
Is it wise to contemplate the secrets of a spoon?

Is it wise to strain your brain searching for a rhyme?
Is it wise to treat a misplaced accent like a crime?

Is it wise to form your words around a given rule?
If you believe the answer’s yes, then you, like me, are a . . . poet.


Happy April Fool’s Day and Happy First Day of National Poetry Month! How have I never noticed they fall on the same day?!

I’ve been agonizing for weeks about how to celebrate this year. Should I write everyday? Should I post everyday? Should I have a theme? What should it be?

Nothing I considered felt quite right, so I’m going to go with my gut and not choose. I commit to celebrating National Poetry Month in some way every day this month, but how I’ll celebrate will mostly be the whim of the day. Maybe I’ll read. Maybe I’ll write. Maybe I’ll post. Maybe I’ll visit other poets’ blogs and see what they’re up to. I do know I’m going to contribute to Irene Latham’s Progressive Poem on April 7th, and I know I’m going to participate in the Spark postcard exchange. But on the other days, who knows? My plan is to wander. I hope you’ll join me from time to time.

To see how other people are celebrating the month, take a peek at Jama’s roundup.

For more Poetry Friday, visit Amy at The Poetry Farm. I know she plans to wonder. I wonder what she’s wondering today.

See you soon!


17 replies
  1. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
    Amy Ludwig VanDerwater says:

    Oh, the end of this made me laugh! Yes, it’s wise and foolish both. That’s the wonderful part!
    I hope you have a beautifully foolish and foolishly beautiful National Poetry Month, finding poems along the path.

  2. Linda Baie
    Linda Baie says:

    I’m wandering too, Liz. I’ll be traveling some of the month & cannot find a way to do something every day. I love your questioning, what all curious people do, like poets! I’ll look for you on the blog or perhaps FB!

  3. Penny Parker Klostermann
    Penny Parker Klostermann says:

    Your poem hits home! And I like your approach to National Poetry Month. I imagine you’re going to enjoy it and give your creativity a boost with this approach…like your mind has poetry wandering around to play with as it chooses.

  4. maryleehahn
    maryleehahn says:

    HA! Love the ending!!

    I almost gave into “no project this year, I’m just going to wander.” Almost. But then I found the photos…

    • Liz Steinglass
      Liz Steinglass says:

      The photos are a brilliant idea. I had an assignment like that in a poetry workshop I took. It worked really well. I can’t wait to see what you write.


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