Brave girl! You faced the worst and wrote.You did just what you had to do.You grabbed obsession by the throatand forced it to say something new

In a new way. Your voice is cleanand clear and fresh. It’s just a start,but that’s how things become and mean.So here’s to your intrepid heart:

May it remain as stubborn-strong,committed to however faryour journey leads, however long.May you become the thing you are.

A Blessing

You make yourself, again, again,and then remake what you made new.Dear seeker, may the time come whenyou find and hold and know what’s you.

Bruce Bennett is the author of ten full-length collections of poetry and more than two dozen poetry chapbooks. His most recent book is Just Another Day in Just Our Town: Poems; New and Selected, 2000-2016 (Orchises Press), which was published in January 2017. His first New And Selected, Navigating the Distances, also from Orchises Press, was chosen by Booklist as “One Of The Top Ten Poetry Books Of 1999.” After receiving his PhD from Harvard in 1967, he taught at Oberlin College from 1967-70, where he co-founded and served as an editor of Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. In 1970 he co-founded and served as an editor of the journal Ploughshares. In 1973 he began teaching at Wells College in Aurora, NY. He retired from teaching at Wells in 2014, and is now Professor Emeritus of English. In 2015 he was the recipient of the first annual Writing the Rockies Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Creative Writing.

BMP Celebrates National Poetry Month

The theme of teaching and learning poetry, and our emphasis on student poets, speaks directly to the action of poetry in our country and global community. Never has the education of our students been so threatened, and never has truth been more challenged than in the current political climate. The truth emerges through education and the resistance and questions of our youngest generation, and it is their lead we absolutely must follow if they are to live in a society that fosters their achievements, liberation, and justice. Truth emerges through poetry as well — poetry bears witness to what truths seem impossible to speak any other way. Its constraints limit the temptation to misconstrue, obscure, and bury.