Beauty of Clarity

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Beauty comes tiptoeing in the morning.

backstory: I don’t write a poem everyday but I read or listen to a poem every morning. This morning ritual helps me ease into the day with a sense of gratitude. But once in a while I get an aha moment, a beautiful and quiet kind of clarity, from a poem line or the story behind a poem.

Since it’s National Poetry Month (in the US and Canada), an occasion I also celebrate in my own way, I thought I’d share some of my favourite poetry podcasts. First is A Mouthful of Air by Mark McGuinness. Poetry readings and conversations with poets are a delight and inspire me greatly. If you are poetry lover, do check out this podcast! If you think you hate poetry, do check out this podcast! πŸ™‚

But over to you. How are you supporting poets this month and beyond, if at all?

And of course, I wish I could say spring is tiptoeing in too, but it’s been snowing endlessly in my part of the world. Anyway, enjoy your Sunday!

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and blogger. Her blog focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, and also features poets and their books.

18 Comments

  1. Thank you for the podcast recommendation! I, too, find poetry soothing and inspiring. I like how you connect it to your gratitude practice. I start my day reading the daily Poets.org post I subscribe to.
    I feel you on waiting for spring. It snowed here yesterday, though not like Finland 🀍

  2. I can’t believe I hadn’t thought about “listening” to poetry. As I read your post I too felt an aha moment from the idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. YAY to starting the day with poetry! About the podcast recommendation, you’re welcome. I hope you enjoy it. I used to subscribe to poem-a-day at Poets.org, I just couldn’t keep up as I need to read my favourite poets here on the blogs, too. Such as the world filled with poetry. <3

  4. Khaya, what a tranquil and inspiring way to begin your day. I too subscribed to Poem-a-Day, but couldn’t keep up with it either because we do have a life of other priorities to attend to daily right? Thanks for sharing the podcast resource. πŸ™πŸΌ I see you noted that you are experiencing snow in your neck of the planet. Where are you located if you don’t mind me asking? Either way, I hope that it warms up soon for you. We had a few days of freezing temperatures, but we are looking forward to putting that behind us as spring shifts gears. No snow, but based on the climate over the last several years, anything can happen! 😲 Have a FANtabulous day my friend! Cheers! πŸ₯°πŸ₯‚πŸ¦‹πŸ’πŸŒž

  5. Violets, so tiny and delicate, yet shout out the hope of spring.
    You know, I’m your greatest fan, Lady Poet Khaya.
    πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Kym, thank you for reading and your lovely comment. You’re right about poem-a-day. Though a wonderful initiative, I enjoy reading poets in my community too, who also write beautiful and profound poetry.
    Oh yes, you asked…I’m based in Finland. Winter is lo-o-ong here.:) Anyway, wishing a fabulous week ahead!

  7. Dearest Laura, you are indeed one of the people who keep me writing, even when I think I can’t. I’m forever grateful your solid support. Have a wonderful and bright week ahead! <3

  8. WOW Khaya, I don’t think I have met anyone from Finland (at least that I know of). I now understand about your weather there. Hang in there because it’s going to warm up soon my friend. 🌞

    Listen, it is my pleasure to comment on your post. Our poetry community is more vast than we can ever imagine. Supporting each other whether through our connections or our works means a lot. Stay encouraged and stay warm! May you have a grand week ahead as well. πŸ₯‚πŸ˜ŠπŸ’

  9. I just bought my daughter a collection of poetry. Content Warning: Everything by Akwaeke Emezi. I plan to dive into it after she is one. She just finished Amanda Gorman’s Call Us What We Carry collection, so I can begin with that now to embrace the month. She is the poet in the family. I merely appreciate the art πŸ™‚

  10. YAY to poetry! I wondering why I haven’t heard of Emezi’s poetry, but I just saw it’s a recent release. I will check it out at some point, thank you for sharing. And that you have a young poet in the family…how cool is that! <3

  11. My giant book of Mary Oliver poetry has been my companion all month. Her words are so enlivening. Perfect for this time of year when everything is shaking off the last of the winter doldrums.

  12. Oh, yes! Mary Oliver’s poetry is a gift. And I know right about shaking off the last of the winter doldrums. Enjoy the season, and keep writing your poetry too!

  13. I am not sure I am doing much to support poets except to read what they present me from time to time, or I happen to come across. I appreciate their words and effort, and offer encouragement.

  14. I HIGHLY recommend Emezi’s books Pet and Bitter (novels not poetry but still). I adored them and so did my daughter.

  15. I’m grateful for both the encouragement and appreciation, Lavinia. Most of the time they are all that I need to keep going. Thank you!

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