National Poetry Month Begins Today

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It’s National Poetry Month, and the organizers in San Antonio are once again starting things off with a serious prank they call Slam The Town. As a DIY celebration to open NPM, choose a poem and hand it out on the street, place it in someone’s work mail slot, email it, put on FaceBook, tweet it, or send it to the world in another way. Use your poem, or someone else’s — no matter, but send a poem. The organizers of NPM in San Antonio ask that you please include the following message: “For more information about this year’s National Poetry Month, go to npmsa.com.”

During April, the Current is collaborating with NPM to post a few poems, too. Here is the first:

 

 

The Faces of Translators

 

the faces of translators

are not their faces only

 

always with the other

 

the crook of the eyebrow

the furrow of the forehead

all curl around meaning’s

sly grin

 

no one steals the eyebrow

no one plows the field of

forehead

 

and waiting in the mirror

is the questioner

first for the simple nouns:

how do you say – nose?

cheek? eyelid?

 

purse your lips

and hold tightly to that purse

the crook is looking for his quarry

steal a glance

 

from the face of the other peering

from the edges, less than a word away

 

      — Jim LaVilla-Havelin

"The Faces of Translators" appears in COUNTING by Jim LaVilla-Havelin (Pecan Grove Press, 2010)

 

Jim LaVilla-Havelin is the Coordinator for National Poetry Month San Antonio. Author of four books of poetry, LaVilla-Havelin is working on an anthology of poems and visual art about sport - Levelling The Field, and is retiring from his position as the Director of Young Artist Programs at the Southwest School of Art, to devote his time to teaching, writing, and consulting.

For more information about National Poetry Month, go to npmsa.com

 

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