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Welcome to National Poetry Month – No Foolin’

April is National Poetry Month

All month long, we are encouraged to write poetry, read poetry, share it, perform it and celebrate the lives of poets you may know or not know!

The Academy of American Poets has a website filled with ideas, scheduled events and resources for teachers to foster an enthusiasm for poetry!

If you know a poet, check out some of their books…Oh, if you are reading this, you DO know a poet.  My books can be found through my Author Central Page Nine of the twelve books I have available are strictly poetry books. And my most recent book, A Haiku Perspective 2018 is #1 Hot New Release in Japanese Poetry – Haiku on Amazon Kindle.

Thank  you to all who appreciate the work of poets. Thank you to all who celebrate life through the writing of poetry. Thank you to all who believe in the power of words to lift the spirit and spark the imagination.

This is OUR MONTH!

 

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

Walk around with a poem in your pocket, do ya?  Well, there is a day celebrated throughout the United States and Canada just made for folks such as yourself…

That’s right, April 27th is THAT DAY!  The American Academy of Poets continues to enjoy National Poetry Month (April) by inviting you to join them, by sharing your poetry, or your favorite poetry all day!  Visit http://www.poets.org for suggestions as well as to find out what others are doing in your area!

 The beautiful thing about sharing poetry is that sharing poetry is a beautiful thing! 

 YES! I am sharing a poem with you, here… This is one I wrote for one of the Ministers in my church in honor of his 50th birthday… As this was written back in the 1990’s he has since forgiven me…

Oh, How Nifty to be Fifty

To have the freedom to say exactly what you mean

And the right to be loud, and cause public scenes

And the fashion sense to wear colors that don’t quite go together

And the forgetfulness to dress inappropriately for all types of weather

And to understand they put rails in showers

And to enjoy doing absolutely nothing for hours and hours

And to appreciate creamed spinach and toast with chipped beef

And to be able to ride the bus without having to give up your seat

And to plan vacations for warmer climate states

And to be the reason most drivers tailgate

And to be truly rewarded for your half century

With major discounts through AARP

And while you’re younger than your children and older than your folks

You’re at the right age for public ridicule and to be the butt of cruel jokes

And yet you may be thinking of all the paybacks you could send

Remember, living well is truly the best revenge!

(c) Annette Rochelle Aben 2017

Okay, I showed you mine, now show me yours! 

A Bouncing, Baby Book has Arrived

In recognition of National Poetry Month, I am releasing my book, titled: A Haiku Perspective 2017. I am so happy to present this collection of haiku that I wrote in 2016.  Some of the works may be familiar to you and some not. A couple of the pieces were published in places other than my blog such as in the newspaper and in a chapbook. Several will be seen for the first time.

 

When I think of the opportunities we have, every day, to express ourselves, share our thoughts and leave a bit of ourselves behind, I find that poetry is the vehicle that suits me best. To use the format of haiku, requires that I condense my thoughts in a most succinct manner.

As April is National Poetry Month, I trust many of you will be writing a lot of poetry. Some will follow the haiku format and so much more will reflect everyone’s favorite styles. I look forward to reading and sharing as much poetry as possible this month. To that end, I will be offering special pricing on several of my published poetry books throughout April, so be sure to check back for details.

Find out what else is happening in the world of poetry, in the month of April. By visiting The Academy of American Poets. They are eager to share their resources, events and learn how to support you in your love of poetry.

http://www.poets.org

If I could wish for you one thing, it would be that you fall in love with the alphabet.  Allow the letters to entice you to arrange, rearrange and then rearrange again until you feel they represent that which you wish to express. To be creative with such a simple tool can make you recognize your innate genius. If not, keep at it until it is revealed!   Love, Annette Rochelle Aben 

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The Poetry of Suzi Hendricks on Tell Me a Story

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Friday, April 1st 1:30pm EDT~  Welcome to Tell Me a Story, as well as National Poetry Month!  In 1996, The American Academy of Poets http://www.poets.org inaugurated an entire month to pay homage to the art and artistry of poetry. Joining us on the program today, is Rev. Suzi Hendricks, an inspirational speaker and published author. We will be talking specifically, about her book: The Insights and Inspirations of Suzi Hendricks: A Book of Poetry. Find links to all things Suzi at http://www.suzihendricks.com and of course you can find all things about The Magic Happens Magazine at http://www.themagichappens.com

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/themagichappens/2016/04/01/the-poetry-of-suzi-hendricks-on-tell-me-a-story