I hope you’ve enjoyed my recent National Poetry Month reviews and interviews with Laura Shovan and Bob Schechter – and I’ve got ONE MORE on the way, too, next week, with my friend Ryan G. Van Cleave: author, poet, editor, and root beer connoisseur!
Today, though, I wanted to share a poem I wrote for Carol Varsalona’s “Springsations Gallery of Artistic Expressions,” an upcoming feature she will publish on her blog, Beyond Literacy Link.
Carol has asked me a couple of weeks ago if I had any spring-related poems I might be willing to share, and as I looked through some of my April/May photos I happened upon the one that inspired me to write the poem I ultimately sent her. You can view the poem along with a few others at her blog. I hope you like it! (Thank you, Carol!)
For today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup, head on over to Karen Edmisten’s blog where she is celebrating National Poetry Month with the Ted Kooser poem, “A Spiral Notebook.”
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8 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A “Springsations Gallery” preview with Carol Varsalona”
Matt, I was surprised this morning to see your tweet about Springsations Gallery and Padlet. I appreciate your blog post with a nod to my gallery. Thank you for your continued support.
Your welcome, Carol – and thank YOU, as well!
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I finally put one up yesterday, seeing pelicans arriving. We have snow today, April craziness. I’ll go see what you did, Matt!
Love the “glimpse of summer green”, wishing for it! Happy Weekend!
Thanks so much, Linda – hope everything melts soon!
Love the image of May as a door through which we can peek into summer!
Thank you, Karen!
Bravo, Matt! That padlet is a poetry palooza!