March is my month to curate, and here is this week's poem by William Sheldon of Hutchinson. He is a Mammoth Publications author, website:
What I Know Today
The opposite of life is… Well, death’s opposite is hunger “Love and death,” the poet says, “love and death.” Horsetail clouds framed by a window tease dying leaves, red in setting sun. Bah. All preamble to my saying again, how much I love this graveyard we tread daily. Let me walk thigh- deep in the river, sit under winter’s red skies. We can be friends, but dirt is my only lover. We will lie together, rise in each other’s clothes.
Here are submission guidelines for this now national cooperative poetry project: Theme: “I’m Speaking: Renewal and Change.” We hope poems that respond to this theme are far-seeing and diverse. We welcome feminist work. We welcome anti-racist work. We hope to support many communities by sharing voices from varied experiences. Work need not be overtly political, and may speak to either renewal or change in its themes. In a time of pandemic, global warming, attacks on truth, and the pillars of democracy, change may feel both necessary and terrifying; we look for poems that help navigate challenging times.
Here is the story of Coop from their website: "This site owes its inception to Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg who started the site as part of her duties as Kansas Poet Laureate with the intention of collecting poems to celebrate the state sesquicentennial. By 2013 Mirriam-Goldberg had created a site where a community of poets curated poems to speak to themes vital to many of us in and beyond Kansas and the heartland. The site changes themes periodically while collecting and publishing the poems from the previous theme. This evolution has lead us to the current name, The Coop: A Poetry Cooperative.