Philly Loves Poetry

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

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Snowfall did not deter poets reading on Forbidden Drive on Philly Poetry Day

April is National Poetry Month and Philadelphia celebrated beginning with Philly Poetry Day on April 9th with readings throughout the city in venues ranging from the main branch of the Philadelphia Library to cafes, pubs, parks and street corners.

Moonstone Art Center hosted The Philly Loves Poetry Festival at the Brandywine Workshop April 15-17 with a cast of headliners including Sonia Sanchez, Afaa M. Weaver, John Balbaban, Gregory Corbin, Amy Small-McKinney and many, many more. The celebration concluded with launch of The 20th Anniversary Anthology and the 20th Annual Poetry Ink: 100 Poets Read.

Next up: Philadelphia Poetry Festival on Sunday April 24th at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. The festival will spotlight readings by poets representing poetry and literary journals, art centers, workshops, publishers and more.

From the 20th Anniversary Anthology:


Something in the Egg Salad


It wasn’t until I watched Markie outside the kitchen window

pull on a worm that hung on to the soft earth for dear life

the way it stretched and grew reminded me of last night

how I felt so pumped at bedtime, I wondered if

it was something in the egg salad

I watched you make yesterday for lunch.

I thought nothing of the celery you chopped,

but got suspicious when you added walnuts and avocado,

and when you sliced the perfectly arched banana, I began to suspect

it was something in the egg salad.

I lay in bed this morning thinking about those sandwiches

the way you winked at me as you toasted the bread, then added the spread

so I Googled aphrodisiac foods and knew for sure

it was something in the egg salad.

jim brennan


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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5 Responses to Philly Loves Poetry

  1. Sophie33 says:

    hahahahahha,…what fun in your writing! xxx


  2. LB says:

    This made me smile, Jim.
    How did the reading go?


  3. chrisbauer1 says:

    You’re getting good at this, Jim. Very good. Stay the course.


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