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05 April, 2020: Poet

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by Cat Russell

Blake imagined infinity in the palm of his hand—
Whitman sang the body electric—
What next will poets spy
hidden within the bodies of saints or sinners?
In the mind that witnesses the miraculous
in the mundane,
the ordinary does not exist.
There’s poetry in a grain of sand.
“Poet” by Cat Russell from Soul Picked Clean.  Crisis Chronicles Press. 2019. Used by permission of the author.
Cat Russell shares her life with her high school sweetheart, their son, and other ferocious creatures in the wilds of Ohio while writing short stories, composing poetry, and learning more about the craft every day. Her work has been published in Flash Me magazine, Metro Fiction, Beyond Centauri, and Best of Friday Flash (vol.1 and vol. 2), Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology: 50th Anniversary, and In Context. Her poetry collection, Soul Picked Clean, was published March 2019 by Crisis Chronicles Press. She can be found online at, and Instagram

Write a Poem

Try the Filipino tanaga poem, four lines of seven syllables in each line. Originally, the rhyme was the same for every line (aaaa) but the modern tanaga sometimes mixes it up, aabb or abab or however you wish. Like haiku, the tanaga is not traditionally titled.

N. K. Hasen
Can we go take a car ride?
I want go shopping at store
I’m ready for a joyride
Shiba staring at car door
4/6/2020 9:28:07 AM

READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.