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Forsythia

30 April, 2016: Forsythia

READ A POEM

by Kathleen Cerveny

Forsythia

For spring
          For yellow smell of earth
                    For sun-smudged weathered fences
                                                               around the vacant lot
 
          Forsythia
                    Waterfall of honeyed promise
                              Buttered signal flags of April
                                        Bangled arms of gypsy dancers
 
                    For prancing, can-can galaxy
                               canary-spangled chorus line
                                                               For kicking up the day
 
For golden morning fireworks
          For brassy, brambled exclamations
                    Persephone’s parade
                                                    Forsythia
 
For coin-tossed fountained wishes
          For yellow-ribboned dreadlocks
                                                    of remembrance
                    For gilded feather dusters sweeping up
                                                                          our grief
 
                               For light in darkness, seeping
                                                               through the open door
 
                                        Forsythia.
 
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“Forsythia" by Kathleen Cerveny from Coming to Terms. Night Ballet Press, 2015. Used by permission of the author.
 
ABOUT TODAY’S POET
Kathleen Cerveny has been a working artist, an award-winning producer for Cleveland Public Radio, and a Director of Arts Initiatives for the Cleveland Foundation. Her poems have appeared in the Amoskeag Journal, on Shaking Like a Mountain, and in Pudding House anthologies While You Were Sleeping I Dreamt a Poem (Kattywompus Press, 2013) and What I Knew Before I Knew, among others, including Future Cycle Press’ international anthology, Poems for Malala Yousafzai. In 2014, Kathleen received the Robert Bergman Award from the Cleveland Arts Prize, and she was the 2013 – 2014 Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights. Her first collection, Coming to Terms, was published by NightBallet Press in 2015. Kathleen blogs at her website.
 

WRITE A POEM

Finally, find the poem from these past 30 days of “Read Write” that affected you the most. Write a poem as a letter to the poet thanking the poet and using a line of their poem as the title, first line, or last line of your poem.
 
Then come to Poetry Open Mic this afternoon from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch library. Bring a poem you've written and share it on this, the last day of National Poetry Month.
 

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Vi cki
great poem makes me wanna write one
5/5/2016 3:44:45 PM

Laurie Kincer
Q, thank you for voicing your appreciation so eloquently. On behalf of the Library, we were honored to have been able to share the talent of NEO poets and pleased to inspire new writing. This year, we topped 2000 subscribers to Read + Write, reaching 2033 readers daily. Our thanks go to the poets, readers, writers, and especially to poet Diane Kendig, who chose the poets and the poems and created the writing prompts. It was a great April and we're looking forward to next year!
5/4/2016 12:01:12 PM

Q
Thank you are in order at the end of Poetry Month...
Thank you to all the poets for sharing their art. Thank you for the Ideas to spark our imaginations in creating our own poems. And, thank you to the Library for making the content and subscription so easy to access and enjoy. I'm grateful.
5/2/2016 8:50:17 PM



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