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When the warm sun, that brings
Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
'T is sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
The first flower of the plain.

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "An April Day"


April is one of her ladyship, the editor's very favorite months. Her garden has begun to shake off winter and her ladyship's online friends have had to endure an endless series of posts of the daffodils she planted last fall, now in full and glorious bloom.

April is also the one time of year when her ladyship can talk about poetry without apology or compunction. Not that she is wont to do either at other times of the year, but in April, at least, "National Poetry Month" provides an excellent excuse to be blatant about it.

And the South, it must be said, is as fertile ground for poetry as it is for daffodils. Here is a little "tour" of the South via its poets laureate:

Little Wanderer From Darkening Porches To Start With, Feel Fortunate Sabbath Creek
Alabama | Jennifer Horne Arkansas | Jo McDougall Florida | Peter Meinke Georgia | Judson Mitcham
The Bounteous World No Brother, This Storm Heating and Cooling Breath of Song
Kentucky | Frederick Smock Louisiana | Jack Bedell Mississippi |Beth Ann Fennelly North Carolina | Jaki Shelton Green
The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle Gentle Scholar James Dickey Reader  
South Carolina | Marjory Heath Wentworth Tennessee | Margaret Britton Vaughn Virginia | Henry Hart