Poetry Minutes 2020: Submit your poems of "Home"

Mar 3, 2020

April is National Poetry Month and we'll continue the tradition, started by Constance Alexander, of sharing poems from our region on the air each weekday. 

We're inviting anyone age 13 on up to write poems in sixty words or less, to be broadcast as Poetry Minutes. We'll take poems in any style, as long as they celebrate what "Home" means to you. 

This year's theme of "Home" takes inspiration from Kentucky author George Ella Lyon's classic, "Where I'm From." Your poem doesn't have to be in her style, but should have some connection the people or places who've helped shape your community or your life.

Where I'm From

By: George Ella Lyon

I am from clothespins,

from Clorox and carbon tetrachloride.

I am from the dirt under the back porch.

(Black, glistening

it tasted like beets.)

I am from the forsythia bush,

the Dutch elm

whose long gone limbs I remember

as if they were my own.

I’m from fudge and eyeglasses,

from Imogene and Alafair.

I’m from the know-it-alls and the pass-it-ons,

from perk up and pipe down.

I’m from He restoreth my soul with a cottonball lamb

and ten verses I can say myself.

I’m from Artemus and Billie’s Branch,

fried corn and strong coffee.

From the finger my grandfather lost to the auger

the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

Under my bed was a dress box

spilling old pictures,

a sift of lost faces

to drift beneath my dreams.

I am from those moments–

snapped before I budded–

leaf-fall from the family tree

 Submit your poem