National Poetry Month Roundup

2016’s National Poetry Month has come to a firm close and most of the writers I know who’ve participated are happy to see it off. We can all put down the caffeine and apologize to our friends for making metaphors out of their relationship problems. It’s tough work getting out one solid poem a day for an entire month. There’s little time to edit or second-guess what you’re writing and for some of us, the inspiration doesn’t last throughout the whole month (although there’s no shortage of prompts to be found during this time of year). But out of the sweat and tears of emerging and establishing poets (once you sort through the mess of half-written pieces and untitled prose), there’s something organic about the poetry that gets rushed out in April. I like to think it’s something about necessity, something earnest and desperate, urgent to get on the page. In the spirit of that, here’s a round up of some of my favorite poems from this year’s National Poetry Month.


1/30
by Lydia Havens



2/30
by Yena Sharma Purmasir



7/30
by Sarah Gehring



14/30
by Lora Mathis



16/30
by Cecilie K.



17/30
by Irene Vazquez



18/30
by Emma Tranter



22/30
by Rudy Francisco



27/30
by Ari Eastman



29/30
by Kelsey Danielle



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Trista Mateer is a writer and poet living outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She believes in lipstick, black tea, and owning more books than she can ever possibly read. Known for her eponymous blog, she is also the author of two collections of poetry.