April is Poetry Month, and this April has been one like no other. As the days get warmer and things that had been dormant begin again to stir, it’s also a moment when many of us are beginning to see the possibility of life beyond the long imposed isolation of the pandemic.
We invited people to send us a poem, written in any form, on whatever emergence meant or inspired for them. The response was a flood of creativity.
Emergence took on so many different things for so many people, from the struggle of artists during the shutdown, to the push to express gender identity beneath layers of PPE, to unfurling seeds, to the lexicographical proximity to “emergency.”
It’s been a delight and a privilege to have them on WNYC, and we wish we could have aired more. Here’s just a sampling: