Hi! In the latest of my ongoing efforts to provide a fairly regular stream of poetry to anyone within shouting distance, I would like to draw your attention to what looks to be a very engaging poetry blog. It's called "Starting Today: Poems for the First 100 Days." It takes its title from President Obama's inaugural address: "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America."
Every day, through the end of Obama's first 100 days in office -- theoretically the period in which he can and must set the tone for the rest of his term and set the stage for all he hopes to accomplish therein -- the curators of this blog, Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker, will post a new poem "written for and during" this period in our new administration. (If these two names ring a bell, particularly as a pair, it might be because they are co-editors of the anthology Women Poets on Mentorship, which I blogged about here, not so long ago.)
The first poem, appropriately enough (if with a little stretching of the "during" requirement!), is Elizabeth Alexander's inaugural poem, "Praise Song for the Day." The next five are there now for you to discover, and they will be joined by new pieces for weeks to come. Bookmark it! The voices are very different; the styles are distinct. Look there for that one lovely poem that may express something you've felt, but have been unable to articulate, about this hopeful, but realistic going-forward!