John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

In re: Poet's Corner

Spring has definitely arrived in Madison, or at least is arriving; the college boys are wearing shorts and boat shoes, the snowmelt on the sidewalks isn't refreezing overnight, and people are grilling out. You'd think it had gotten out of the 40s, but no. That's the the way we roll here. Wisconsin: where our standards for nice weather are low. Anyway, here's a spring poem:

spring song

the green of Jesus
is breaking the ground
and the sweet
smell of delicious Jesus
is opening the house and
the dance of Jesus music
has hold of the air and
the world is turning
in the body of Jesus and
the future is possible

Lucille Clifton (1936–2010)

Hey, I hear you say, didn't you just post a poem on Saturday? What's up with that? Well, since today is the first day of National Poetry Month, I decided to spend my LJ time today adding the "poetry" tag to all my old posts that contained poetry. Of which there are many! 714 of them, apparently. As I neared the end, I got concerned that some of the things I was tagging as poetry were, in fact, prose, so I went back and started changing the tags on those to "prose." But then I got concerned that people who decided to browse the poetry tag would miss some really outstanding works of prose, so ultimately I just decided to tag all of them "poet's corner," which is the umbrella title I've used for most of my weekly poetry (or prose) posts since 2005, A fine compromise, I think. Of course, some of the posts so tagged aren't, technically speaking, Poet's Corner posts; some of them were posted prior to 2005, and almost 100 of them were posted as part of my Advents projects in 2003, 2006, and 2009.

Hey, I hear you say, aren't you overthinking this? Why, yes, yes I am, thanks for noticing. The long and short of it is that if you click on the words "poet's corner" at the bottom of this post, or those same words earlier in this sentence, you'll be able to browse through all the poems I've posted here, plus some other things that were posted in the same spirit of sharing works of literature I like. Have at it!

Tags: overthinking it, poet's corner, social media: lj, wisconsin: madison

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