Day #10: Heron Tree
Celebrating National Poetry Month by highlighting 30 days of literary journals that publish poetry you can listen to, or read, in 5 minutes or less.
May you forever keep the spirit of adventure within, and use it to explore and stay curious. This recommendation is for my son, James. From the minute he could walk, he was inquisitive. Daring. He’s grown now, but still greets life with open arms and is truly one of the most interesting people I know. He listens deeply and always finds a way to make everyone feel comfortable in their own skin.
For all you likeminded curious, yet calm, literary adventurers, I offer Heron Tree. In addition to traditionally presented line poetry, Heron Tree also offers Visual Poetry, “poems that especially communicate through their presentation on the page.” Words swirl and over-write each other to create something new again.
And there’s more. One of my favorite sections is “Found in the Public Domain.” “All works in the series were constructed from materials in the public domain in the United States.”
The source material is wide: Interviews from the Federal Writers’ Project Slave Narratives collection; a US government poster providing directions for the evacuation and internment of people with Japanese heritage during World War II; Emily Dickinson poems.
My recommended poem in the newest Heron Tree issue, Volume 9, is “John Mills’ Letter of a Radio Engineer to his Son on Electricity and Matter.” It’s a found poem.
Poet M. E. Silverman says, “I was immediately struck by the poetic language, the imagery, the science, and mostly importantly the affection that pours through for his son.” It begins:
My Dear Son,
I hope you will one day be interested in radio-telephony and will want me to explain it to you. Here
is the simplest explanation I can give
and still make it possible
for you to listen.
Poetry helps make it possible for us to listen to one another, to share what’s on our hearts. May your heart stay open always.
And when you find a good poem, remember to share.