Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is a successful author crossing different genres, but her labor of love is Your Daily Poem. For years, Ferrer sent a poem each day to her list of subscribers at Your Daily Poem. She’s debating options for the listserv, but she decided to keep the tradition of a Poetry Parade during April when National Poetry Month is celebrated.
Ferrer said in her email about the parade:
“I can’t do it. I had convinced myself that I could skip the Poetry Parade this year, but I can’t. So here’s Day 1 a day late; Day 2 will come along later this evening.
Thank you for all the lovely messages saying how much you miss the daily poems. I miss them, too! Still not sure what lies at the end of this reprieve; for now, let’s just enjoy the 18th Annual Springtime Parade of Poetry!”
She started the 2018 procession with the poem “I Remember, I Remember” by Thomas Hood. It’s a beautiful formally crafted poem with words that will touch just about any soul who encounters them.
Ferrer’s Your Daily Poem website contains a wealth of poems and poetry resources. It’s a great go-to for teachers, writers, and lovers of verse in general. You could spend all day on the site there’s so much content.
Jayne, who lives in South Carolina, is a personal friend; we’ve done book tours and readings together. When your day gets to be a bit much and you are thinking of pulling your hair out, go read some poetry. That’s a great way to decompress.
If you’re a songwriter, studying poetry can make you a better songwriter.
Indie websites face critical challenges now that search barons and social media have reconfigured their algorithms. Gone are the freewheeling days of an unfettered Web. Now if you maintain a website, you will find this requires both time and money. That’s one reason I urge support for indie sites if you are able. Indie sites aren’t bound by corporate interests, and most depend on reader support to stay alive.
Ed. Note: The snipped image featured above left is from a music video featuring the poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley.
(Kay B. Day/April 3, 2018)