Conundrum Press

Innovating Poetry

April 16th, 2014  |  Published in Blog

by Emma Franklin

National Poetry Month is in its eighteenth year and going strong! The Academy of American Poets started NPM as a way to bring awareness about poetry, and that is just what we are doing at Conundrum Press. Our newest foray into innovating poetry comes in the form of the Rocky Mountain Poetry Series. We’ve been collecting poetry from across the western slopes and we can’t wait to share it with everyone. Here’s a short poem from Mark Todd, just to whet your appetite.


Startled aloft by clatter from the ground

they wheel and climb, globbed by an unseen force

that crowds them in a warping, flexing ball.

This harmony of sight requires no sound

to guide their flock-together churning course,

to tell them when to glide and when to stall.

The multitude, connected wing to wing,

once joined, now flies apart as the group aborts

the flight, dispersing, single in their fall,

their fluttered voice no longer massed to sing

for all.


We can’t wait to publish our first anthology for the Rocky Mountain Poetry Series, so that we can help spread the poetry love even more. Be sure to subscribe and pass along the word to fellow poetry-lovers in honor of National Poetry Month!


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