Celebrating National Poetry Month by highlighting 30 days of literary journals that publish poetry you can read in 5 minutes or less.
This one is for Diana, one of my favorite friends to share gifts that honor grandmothers. We both deeply loved our grandmothers, and we now revel in our time as grandmothers. For Diana’s birthday I gave her Katie Manning’s chapbook, 28,065 Nights, one of the most poignantly beautiful literary tributes to a grandmother I’ve ever read.
I now follow what poet Katie Manning does, and it turns out she’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief of a literary journal, Whale Road Review.
From the website: “Whale Road Review publishes poetry, flash fiction, and micro essays that don’t demand too much time up front, but somehow leave readers changed. We hope readers of all sorts will enjoy these short pieces in stolen moments—waiting in line, using the restroom, riding a train, steeping tea.”
Fits my promise to find you “poetry you can read in 5 minutes or less.”
Which poem to choose? I recommend you take your poetry pause with a tribute to the season of renewal; read “Come Down Spring” by Rebecca Lehmann who is herself an editor of a poetry journal that will pop up later in the month.
Come down spring and greet us with tulips,
with snowdrops, with crocus and iris.
Come down little moonflowers
crowing open in the middle night.
Come down spring with itchy eyes
and flat vocabulary, with holidays
of rebirth and fecundity, of miraculous
blood-smeared evasions of the angel
of death. Come down spring
like a slender moon sunk into the great
Keep your poetic heart open. Keep loving. And reach out if you want me to recommend a literary journal that publishes poetry you might like.