Can I poet with you? 2

In honor of National Poetry Month (April) I will share poems that have touched me throughout the month.

Following are the first two poems I remember being especially delighted by in high school.  They are  not the first poems I read but  both stuck with me because of their spare, elegant styles.  They were so different than most of the poems I had read up until I encountered them. Different in their directness and their subject matter.  What an impression they made.

We Real Cool  – By Gwendolyn M. Brooks

The Pool Players. 
      Seven at the Golden Shovel

We real cool. We

Left school. We

Lurk late. We

Strike straight. We


Sing sin. We

Thin gin. We


Jazz June. We

Die soon.


from Selected Poems. Copyright © 1963 by Gwendolyn Brooks.


[Buffalo Bill ‘s]



Buffalo Bill ‘s


who used to

ride a watersmooth-silver


and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat



he was a handsome man

and what i want to know is

how do you like your blueeyed boy

Mister Death



Poems found on Poetry Foundation site


Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.


About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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