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OUR MONTH CALLED MAY
by D.A. Pratt

If you listen to a certain song
by Simon and Garfunkel
you will hear several
of the months mentioned,
one after another, as the song
tells a story I know only too well:
it begins by saying in April come she will
and indeed she did, ever so refreshingly,
in a month when so much is promised
in so many ways . . . in May
everything blossomed beautifully
and she seemed ready to stay
in my arms far longer than I
could have ever dared to dream —
ah, that was the good part of our story
but, by listening to the song, you’ll know
what follows, that the good part
cannot possibly last and it didn’t for us,
like the song says, if I can put it this way . . .
I hope every remembered romance
has what we managed to have
in that memorable month of May —
but not the June, nor the July
and definitely not the August . . . I hope
for something better for everyone else . . .
As for me, I know I will linger over
those moments in May . . . when our love
was going so well and it seemed that it
wouldn’t ever end, even though, somehow,
we knew it had to die, as the song says it must . . .
Someday, in my never-ending September,
I’ll remember having a love once new,
having known her, having loved her,
even if only so fleetingly, in a magical month
we like to call May . . .

PAINTING: “The Kiss” (1909) by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: D.A. (David) Pratt lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. This “May” poem is inspired by a song by Simon and Garfunkel, his all-time favourite musicians. In 2013, his short prose piece “Encountering Bukowski—Some Canadian Notes” appeared in Bukowski: An Anthology of Poetry & Prose About Charles Bukowski published by Silver Birch Press and his essay entitled “The Five Henry Millers” appeared in the tenth annual issue of Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal.

NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR: In responding to the call for poems mentioning the month of May, I immediately thought of the song “April Come She Will” by Simon and Garfunkel, knowing that it mentions May . . . I hope the resulting poem honours the song while being, at the same time, an original creation about an imagined romance with one of my imagined muses . . .

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Image ABOUT THE ARTIST/AUTHOR: Joel Lipman has worked for years with rubber stamps, creating poems on yellowing pages torn out of old books. This technique produces an interplay between the apparently unrelated base text and Lipman’s overtext. (Read more at poetryfoundation.org.) A teacher at the University of Toledo, his recent work includes an illustrated preface to the republication of Bern Porter’s Found Poems (Nightboat Books, 2011).

ABOUT VISUAL POETRY: The child of both poetry and the visual arts, visual poetry has a double set of interests — words and imagery — and its forms are myriad. Some visual poets write traditional poems that require a certain visual context to provide meaning, while other visual poets focus entirely on letter shape. (Read Geof Huth‘s article at poetryfoundation.org.)

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It’s still April — and it’s still National Poetry Month in the United States. The American Academy of Poets has developed a list of 30 ways to celebrate. One of the suggestions is to memorize a poem. Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare is a perfect candidate — because it’s “short…with a strong rhythmic underpinning” as the National Poetry Month site suggests.

SONNET 18
by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

NOTE: “Sonnet 18” and other summer-related poetry and prose from over 70 authors appears in the Silver Birch Press Summer Anthology, available at Amazon.com.

IMAGE: 2014 National Poetry Month poster by Chip Kidd.

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LOOK (Excerpt)
by Rumi

Look at the union of the
spring and winter
manifested in the equinox

you too must mingle my friends
since the earth and the sky
are mingled for you and me…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rumi (1207–1273) was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi’s importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described on a BBC program as the “most popular poet in America.” (Source: wikipedia.org.)

ILLUSTRATION: “Vernal Equinox” by Rosalyn Stevenson. Prints available at fineartamerica.com.

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What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” CHARLES BUKOWSKI

This portrait of Charles Bukowski by Dana Laina (ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)  is featured in the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology, a collection of poetry & prose about Charles Bukowski as well as portraits of the author from over 75 writers and artists around the world.

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JAZZ HAIKU
by Etheridge Knight

Making jazz swing in
Seventeen syllables AIN’T
No square poet’s job.

…From The Essential Etheridge Knight (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1986). Copies available at Amazon.com.

Illustration: “Colorful Music Notes” by FunnyMusic. Postcards available at zazzle.com.

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“The most sublime act is to set another before you.” WILLIAM BLAKE

Art: “Give More Than You Take” by Jim Hodges was designed as an Aspen, Colorado, ski lift ticket in conjunction with the Aspen Art Museum. Hodges wanted to give skiiers something to ponder while they rode up the hill. Read more about New York-based installation artist Jim Hodges here.