Tag Archives: U.S. Poet Laureate

Word Cloud: ALCHEMIST

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD There’s a wide spectrum of relationships between poets and readers. Some poets write with a searing clarity, and some write as if daring you to make any sense of their poems. Some write poems so personal … Continue reading

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A Poem for National Audubon Day

April 26, 1785 – John James Audubon is born, American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter best know for his extensive studies of American birds and his detailed illustrations of the birds in their natural habitats. The Birds of America is his masterwork, a … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: BUTTERFLY

reposted in honor of National Poetry Month by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I’m sure you’ve been longing to know how I choose my subjects each week. It’s different every time, but this week will give you an idea. At the beginning of April, … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: MIDLIFE

reposted in honor of Women’s History Month by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I guess it’s human nature to try to make things fit, whether it’s putting on roof tiles, or papers we need to file, or sorting the animal kingdom into … Continue reading

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A Poem for Walking the Dog Day

Howard Nemerov (1920-1991) was an American poet. In 1978, he won the National Book Award for Poetry, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and the Bollingen Prize for his collection, The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov.  Nemerov served as poetry consultant to … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: MIGRANT (Hispanic Heritage Month)

Hispanic Heritage Month (annually in the U.S. from September 15 to October 15) is an acknowledgement of the many contributions to the culture, intellectual enrichment and economic prosperity of the U.S. made by Americans whose families came here from Central … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: RECOGNITION

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Recognition. A word that can mean someone’s work has been honored, ‘recognized’ for excellence, but also can mean that moment when a person feels a lighting strike of connection to an artist’s work, whatever the media … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: MIDLIFE (Redux)

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I guess it’s human nature to try to make things fit, whether it’s putting on roof tiles, or papers we need to file, or sorting the animal kingdom into family, genus and species – most of … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: OUTSIDER (Redux – Women’s History Month)

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Recognition. A word that can mean someone’s work has been honored, ‘recognized’ for excellence, but also can mean that moment when a person feels a lighting strike of connection to an artist’s work, whatever the media … Continue reading

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World Poetry Day: A Poem by Billy Collins

reprinted from 2017 and 2018 It’s World Poetry Day again. Even if you think you don’t like poetry, I’m betting that you will like Billy Collins. He wrote the poem “Introduction to Poetry” about what he’d like people to get … Continue reading

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