National Poetry Month: April 5

It’s Friday, and today I am thinking peaches. Yes, that’s right! A fruit not yet in season here in Wisconsin, but yesterday we had 60 degreee temperatures, and so, sweet, succulent peaches are ripening around the corner!

Today I read Li-Young Lee’s “From Blossoms” which I dedicate to my dear poet friend Rachel Heimowitz, who adores Li-Young and turned me on to his poetry last year during “Truth & Beauty” at  Carter Hall. Her exuberance for poets and poetry is infectious! Also, I would be re-miss if I didn’t mention another amazing poet and friend, Judith Zukerman, with whom I always associate peaches & poems.

Robert Vaughan reads “From Blossoms” by Li-Young Lee – YouTube

What is your source of joy today? What brings you the same exciting fulfillment as biting into a succulent peach?


About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Synergia Ranch, and EarthRise IONS. His poems and fiction are published in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is six times a Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His books are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press).
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5 Responses to National Poetry Month: April 5

  1. Marylen Grigas says:

    Hi Robert,
    I’m so enjoying your readings. Thanks!

  2. Andrea says:

    YAY! Peaches (and Herb!) Lovely poem my well read friend. My source of joy is wrapping this gig I’m on and getting home in the daylight hours to have some FUN in the SUN! Can’t wait really for peach season…yums. Happy Friday!

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