Poetry Month , for me, always brings to mind the voices of those whose lines have captured the ages and stages of our living world.


For those who are keen about nature and the environment as captured by poets, you might want to check out The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity Press, 2013).

It is a treasure of poetry, an anthology of several hundred pages, with an introduction by poet, Robert Hass.

With a preliminary section of more historical poets such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost,  the book continues with a diverse collection of later Twentieth Century to recent poets, from W.S. Merwin to Jane Hirshfield.  The poetry ranges in format and topic, from lyrical and concrete poems to topics of bears and birds, whales and trees.

This is an epic anthology of poetry. As a salute to the scale of this collection, I made a Wordle poem of the poets, using a Moss colour palette that seemed to fit the contents of this book. Ironically, the random shape arrangement of names is almost leaf-like.

The Ecopoetry Anthology is not just a Spring read but an all-season read that will become a favoured choice on your bookshelf!

Wordle of authors made by Patricia A. McGoldrick
Wordle of authors made by Patricia A. McGoldrick


Since childhood days of nursery rhymes and simple poems, there has always been a people connection with these verses. Family recollections of Irish lullabies and sharing the early memorization of poems in school created a link of poetry.

Later, from the first poetic lines that I wrote to the study of classic poets, I discovered that there was a voice to poetry.

That voice is varied and so individualistic. Some of the voices that called out to me in their lines included: Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Edna St.Vincent Millay, Carol Shields and so many others.

Writing poetry, for me, has been a voyage of discovery. Finding a poetic voice of my own has been shaped by the poets I have studied.

It was also influenced by a workshop series with a Professor/author/poet who engaged us in writing, looking at things from a different perspective. As a young Mom, taking an evening out to focus on writing was such a positive and empowering step. It left a huge impact on me as a poet writer. As well, I met a group of like minds, writers on the verge of moving forward as wordsmiths. I, especially, was so glad to meet a woman who has been an inspiration as a poet and a true spirit of the Earth.


More recently, with the connectivity of social media through the internet, I have met a whole network of writers–freelance and poets–who have inspired me. Through blogs, websites, FB, Twitter, Google, it has been a wonderful experience to share poems, posts, comments, smiles and encouragement. It is an enriching development, for sure.

In this National Poetry Month, I give a big shout out to all those writerly voices!

A big pink rose of thanks!

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