In celebration of National Poetry Month, we are featuring a poem a day from the timely (and even more significant during this pandemic) anthology we published last year entitled Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness & Connection, edited by poet and educator James Crews.
Today, on the first day of National Poetry Month, we will honor the work of James Crews, and here is a quote about how Healing the Divide came to be:
Assembling this anthology of poems about kindness and connection was a work almost entirely of intuition. I somehow just knew that I wanted to arrange the poems alphabetically, and quite early on, I had a sense that I wanted to begin the book with Ellery Akers’s ‘The Word That Is a Prayer,’ about the use of the word Please, and that I wanted to end the anthology with Miller Williams’s shorter piece, ‘Compassion,’ which seemed to encompass exactly what Healing the Divide was trying to say—that it’s best to be kind and compassionate to others, since we have no idea what unseen battles they might still be fighting deep inside. Even though the poems were arranged alphabetically, however, I do feel there’s a rhythm to the book, and each poem feeds fairly logically into the next. As with my own creative work, I’m always trying to achieve a kind of narrative and flow, and how I go about this is not entirely explainable, but readers do seem to pick up on it.— from an interview with James by Nicholas Jamesthat appeared in our literary magazine The Hopper
Our literary magazine, The Hopper, is featuring poetry during the month of April.
Thanks for helping to put this out there during these challenging times.
Best to all and stay safe,
April 3, 2020:
Today’s poem from the James Crews anthology Healing the Divide is Ellery Akers’s “The Word That Is a Prayer.” The sequence of poems in the book is done alphabetically, and Akers has the lead in so many ways . . .
Stay tuned each day as we feature a poem from the anthology on our socials: