Inspired by National Poetry Month, I have been reading more poetry than I have in many years. These few quotes about poetry are worth sharing:

“Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.”  Don Marquis, creator of Archie and Mehitibel

“Poetry comes fine, spun from a mind at peace.”  Ovid

“Poetry is the record of the best and happiest of the happiest and best of minds.”  Shelley, poet

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty.”  Poe

Several books of poetry I have been reading from lately are:

Maya Angelou’s Give Me A Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie   Angelou has been my writing mentor/hero since the 70’s when I first became aware of her. I had the privilege of attending a reading of some of her poems around the 80’s and she was such a commanding personage and had such “stage presence she kept a huge ballroom of attendees in the palm of her hand, as her powerful voice and stature made every individual there that night feel as if she were speaking just to them.

Poetic Rituals by blogging friend Ritu at “But I Smile Anyway”  Her posts, especially her “Spidey Sundays” thoughts on quotes are inspiring and help me get through the week.

Colin Chappell’s Just Thinking, written to help with medical expenses of his daughter, another blogging friend from “A Dog’s Life” who also has written Ray’s (his dog’s) story (from both Colin and Ray’s point of view) in his book Who Said I Was Up for Adoption?

A recent purchase from Jennifer Payne, another fellow blogger, Evidence of Flossing    I can hardly wait to start this photo/poetry project because it is a unique look at “What We Leave Behind.” Several of her poems have been featured on her blog, and I have been captivated by them. Now I own them myself in this collection.

Reading more poetry and purchasing a new poetry book plus reading one that has been on my TBR shelf for years have been two of my goals for celebrating National Poetry Month. Let’s hear what you plan to do to celebrate…write a poem? read more poetry? purchase a book of poems? THERE’S STILL TIME.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. I am GREEN with envy – you attended a poetry reading by Maya Angelou??? Wow – just… wow! I’ve heard her on the radio with that amazing voice and seeing her live must have been awesome. It sounds like you have been reading some wonderful poetry – our weather is finally warmer with sunshine:)).

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      1. We are enjoying WARM weather and sunshine at present and I have to say – this has to be the most beautiful country in the world during the Spring when the weather is good…:).

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  2. I didn’t attend a poetry reading with Maya Angelou, but I did attend a lecture she gave at Sacramento State University where she had also taught a semester. Powerful!

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    1. Oh, wouldn’t you have LOVED to take a Master Course from her! I have read all seven volumes of her autobiography, starting with I Know Wny the Caged Bird Sings, which is the next best thing. Thanks for sharing your great memory!

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