Happy National Poetry Month!

It’s here!  It’s finally here!  You get discounted chocolate bunnies, poetry, and math awareness all in one month – what more could you need?

March certainly came in like a lamb and out like a Lion…or was it the other way around?  I guess it all depends on your geography but certainly Princeton had its fair share of snow and rain this winter.  Enough already!  So with spring and sunny skies here – hopefully to stay – how about an ode from Mark Slaughter to one of nature’s surest heralds to kick-off our celebration:


I fell in love –
Taken by the innocence of
Child-face daffodils –

Their perky April fanfares –
Clarion calls from yellow-ochre brass bands
Presaging, rejoicing, calling us:

‘Here we are! Here we are! ’

Copyright © Mark R Slaughter 2010


  1. Charity says:

    The National Poetry Month Do I Dare Disturb the Universe poster reminds me to take a stand for unique poets who are often disregarded while the less talented are hurled into the lime light. Having said that, yes I do dare to disturb the universe and make a statement about a visual poet who should have delivered the inaugural poem. Deborah Young, an awesome visual poet created impressive visual poems to honor President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, and the entire world turned a blind eye to her work. Not once has Deborah Young’s presidential visual poems been mentioned by any media source; presidential visual poems she has created since 2000 to honor three United States presidents. This visual poet has created genuinely original visual poems to honor our presidents, every branch of our military, social workers, baby boomers, world peace, societal problems and historical events. Since I am indeed choosing to disturb the universe, I am asking that everyone make up your own mind and see the most interesting visual poems on this planet on http://www.poetryetcetera.com/Visual%20Poetry.htm I believe Deborah Young’s visual poems have not been mentioned nor recognized because so many individuals are either afraid to disturb the universe or simply refuses to acknowledge true talent. I think it would be interesting if we would make a difference and dare to disturb the universe by honoring Deborah Young during National Poetry Month 2010.