By special request of Rachel Bunting, Day 27 on Day 29
If you didn’t hear about the work Rachel Bunting has been doing for the Bullycide Project this month, you should check it out. She’s doing a much more important Poetry Month Project than I am. Here I have been just playing in the poetry playground, recording the work of people who inspire and delight me. Some of the poets this month were old favorites, others friends, and a few were newly discovered, at least by me.
Rachel asked if I was still taking requests that I read this piece by Reginald Shepherd. I thought it fit well here after Jerry Wemple’s poem of loss, “An April Funeral in Pennsylvania.” This one is about the loss of a mother, an experience of intimate familiarity for me. Shepherd’s piece was published in his book Fata Morgana, back in 2007. You can read the poem, as well as a bit about the book and how to get your hands on it, in this post on his own blog. Sadly, he himself died of cancer in 2008.
Thank you, Rachel for requesting this one. On an interesting side note, the R&B single at the beginning of this poem, “If This World Were Mine,” was released by Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye in December, the year of my birth, 1967.
- National Poetry Month (bluemountain.com)
- David Reads “There are Things You Cannot Do in Space,” by Rachel Bunting (dadpoet.wordpress.com)