In celebration of National Poetry Month this April I included an assortment of micropoetry @JadeBlackwater on Twitter. Throughout the month I also added the #STpoem hashtag in order to share my poetry with the Seattle Times Twitter Poetry Contest.
Below is a complete reprint of the micropoetry from @JadeBlackwater for April 2010. Line breaks have been restored where ‘ / ‘ was used in the feed.
What I enjoyed most about tweeting micropoetry for NaPoMo was the excuse to share a poetic response to my day. Unlike my usual tweets—which are mostly prepared and scheduled in advance—the poems I tweeted in April were sent as soon as composed. Like all journal entries, these poems each keep a story.
———-7:29 AM Apr 2nd
surprise morning snow
safe in the ash white world
———-11:35 PM Apr 6th
rests in slivered light
beneath watchful moon
———-10:14 AM Apr 8th
Ariolimax columbianus poetess
sentences congeal in sticky opalescence
while she explores the shady sweetness
———-10:25 AM Apr 9th
twitter and flutter at sunrise
pluck juicy jewels from willing boughs
connect puddle to balsam breath
———-10:04 AM Apr 12th
New Moon rain licks the waiting Earth
awakens old dust and fresh oil
whispers sweet darkness in waiting
———-2:55 PM Apr 13th
Crack open the wriggling mass
scoop your brains with a seafood fork
then fling the meat into the fire!
———-9:26 AM Apr 15th
palms open skyward
———-2:01 AM Apr 20th
this fine rain
my silver lining
bring me the wet word
———-6:45 PM Apr 20th
visceral papillon inspiration
wing across green seas from distant gold shores
when desperation sings “Hurry, flurry!”
———-1:32 PM Apr 21st
sacred grey showers
answer the hedge call
———-3:35 PM Apr 22nd
twist your wrists with the Balsam cottonwood
dance in rhythm with Douglas squirrel chatter
———-11:51 AM Apr 23rd
cool garden beckons
branches all whisper
sweet huckleberry perfume
———-9:05 AM Apr 24th
two-stroke engine growls
breathfuls of dust bite the air
cut grass flickers past
———-7:03 AM Apr 26th
full moon approaches
earth groans and ripples
tickled and provoked
———-10:50 AM Apr 27th
wrap rainy arms ’round the world
squeeze the sparking sky
———-8:03 PM Apr 28th
of your rake
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The Festival of the Trees 39 will be hosted in September 2009 at Arboreality – Tree Blogging on the theme of Secrets.
But first, the current Festival of the Trees:
The Festival of the Trees 38 comes to us from Chennai, India compliments of Arati at Trees , Plants and more. Highlights for me include a peek at the Eastern Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), so beloved in my former Pennsylvania home, the evergreen Christmas tree farms of North Carolina, and the Jack Fruit tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus), a tree whose equal I have never seen. And then, there’s the mango tree reputed to be “3500 years old [and] bears fruit of a different taste in each branch.”
Thank you, Arati, for bringing us such arboreal diversity and splendor!
Coming up next: The Festival of the Trees 39 brings this green blog carnival back to Arboreality – Tree Blogging created by yours truly, writer and naturalist Jade Leone Blackwater from the forests of the Pacific Northwest.
This month’s theme: Secrets
“Forests, farms, gardens, urban trees, and ancient-rock-clinging-wind-whipped Bristlecone pine stands can be an escape, a place to hide, a space to rest, a home for buried treasure. This month, I invite you to reveal a small glimpse of a secret among the trees. Consider the quiet spots you go to sit, the trees which have stood in silent observation of the events of your life, the aromatic memory of the garden from a place you have visited. With word, image, sound, or otherwise inspired creation, give us a peek at what you see, or what you can imagine.”
Gather your tree-materials, post online, and send the link to Jade Blackwater:
Deadline for submissions is August 28, 2009.
Questions, comments, suggestions? Contact Jade.
The Festival of the Trees is a monthly blog carnival for all things arboreal. Like other blog carnivals, The Festival of the Trees is a collection of links to blog posts and other spots on the web, hosted each month at a different blog. To learn how to take part in the festivities, please visit The Festival of the Trees coordinating blog.
We are seeking volunteers to host The Festival of the Trees #40 and beyond! This is a great way to broaden your audience, and of course – have fun in the trees.
To learn more, contact Dave (bontasaurus[at]yahoo[dot]com) and Pablo (editor[at]roundrockjournal[dot]com), and visit the Volunteer to Host page for details.