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Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month; celebrate with the Mayfield Library

Poem of the Day

Check back every day in April for the poem of the day!


Testimony: 1968

Rita Dove

Who comforts you now that the wheel has broken?
No more princes for the poor. Loss whittling you thin.
Grief is the constant now, hope the last word spoken.

In a dance of two elegies, which circles the drain? A token
year with its daisies and carbines is where we begin.           
Who comforts you now? That the wheel has broken

is Mechanics 101; to keep dreaming when the joke’s on
you? Well, crazier legends have been written.                                
Grief is the constant now; hope, the last word spoken

on a motel balcony, shouted in a hotel kitchen. No kin     
can make this journey for you. The route’s locked in.                 
Who comforts you now that the wheel has broken

the bodies of its makers? Beyond the smoke and                     
ashes, what you hear rising is nothing but the wind.  
Who comforts you? Now that the wheel has broken,

grief is the constant. Hope: the last word spoken.


National Poetry Month


About National Poetry Month (from the Academy of American Poets):

National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry's important place in our culture and our lives. 

While we celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to: