Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Cruelest Poetry Month 2021

April is National Poetry Month, "launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and, of course, poets, marking poetry's important place in our lives."

The Five-Two participates with an annual blog tour. Originally called 30 Days of The Five-Two, featuring guest posts about Five-Two poems, its new name, from T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land", is apropos of our crime theme but also reflects the tour's growth beyond Five-Two poems. It's a chance for anyone to post about any poetry and introduce themselves and their work (poetry or not) to a new audience.

We will feature four debut Poems of the Week and any guest posts contributed in preparation for or during the tour itself. If you'd like to join, email me a link to your entry or the entry itself (text, video, etc.) to post here.

Also challenge yourself to write poems and submit to The Five-Two by March 15. Accepted poems will be published in April and beyond.

The official hashtag of National Poetry Month is #nationalpoetrymonth.
Participants and promoters of the tour may download the badge image above and add it to their entries or follow these instructions to copy-and-paste the image HTML code.

All April revenue from Five-Two and Lineup books and merchandise is donated to the nonprofit Academy of American Poets, supporting poets at all stages of their careers and fostering the appreciation of contemporary poetry.


  • Thursday, April 1 - Rusty Barnes on "Beneath the Chickenshit Mormon Sun" by Bruce Embree
  • Friday, April 2 - C.W. Blackwell on "Reno" by William R. Soldan
  • Saturday, April 3 -
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  • Monday, April 5 - Poem of the Week -
  • Tuesday, April 6 - Charles Rammelkamp on "Attempted Suicide" by Tony Dawson
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  • Monday, April 12 - Poem of the Week -
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  • Monday, April 19 - Poem of the Week -
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  • Monday, April 26 - Poem of the Week -
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