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 marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog post. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College, and twenty years as a junior high teacher—total 50 years .Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog. As of December, 2019, I have ended my career at UHCL. I am still teaching in my Home town of Alvin, TX, located on the Texas Gulf Coast at two different locations. I’m just not being paid for it!


  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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