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Poems About Poetry

What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than with a bouquet of poems about poetry itself? Do you have a favorite poem about poems that’s not on this list? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.

“Between my finger and my thumb/ The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.” -- from “Digging” by Seamus Heaney

“…unless the sun inside you is/ burning your gut,/ don’t do it.” -- from “so you want to be a writer?” by Charles Bukowski

“it is not your pen you are looking for// it is your tongue and those who speak with it” -- from “If You Lose Your Pen” by Ruth Forman

“Let her have time, and silence/ enough paper to make mistakes and go on.” -- from “The Poet” by Jane Hirshfield

“It’s late and getting later and this poem/ wants a drink.” -- from “The Poem Wants A Drink” by Karen Glenn

“…walk inside the poem’s rooms/ and feel the walls for a light switch.” -- from “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins

“i beg my bones to be good/ but they keep clicking music…” -- from “the poet” by Lucille Clifton

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