Friday, April 30, 2021

Filling the Well: Lucille Clifton and Erik Wernquist

Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing. 
– Lucille Clifton
                                                     Poems by Lucille Clifton
A short film by Erik Wernquist 
(Written and narrated by Carl Sagan) 

Filling the Well was exactly what I needed as a National Poetry Month project—I hope you enjoyed wandering through the inspirational musings as much as I enjoyed gathering and sharing them. There's something to say for choosing a series that's super easy, fun, and full of surprises; and where there's such an abundance of material, not only was I able to keep to a daily timetable, but I look forward to filling the well outside of National Poetry Month, too— albeit on a more occasional basis. If you missed or would like to revisit any of this month's posts, you'll find them listed below. I've also added "Filling the Well" to my list of series links in the sidebar to the right. Thank you for accompanying me on this journey and for sharing your comments, emails, and the sparkly newborn poems these posts inspired!

April 1: John Muir
April 4: Cesare Pavese 
April 11: Elinor Wylie
April 18: John Milton 
April 29: Felice Holman
Matt Forrest Esenwine is sharing some examples of "tricube" poetry over at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. Join him there for the final Poetry Friday roundup of National Poetry Month.


  1. My goodness...what an amazing month of well-filling. Thank you so very much, Michelle. I love the artist you are and how it enriches other artists too. Ending on Lucille Clifton, well that's genius right there.

  2. Amazing series you've put together this month, Michelle - and you've included many of my favorites, such as Shelley, Shakespeare, Sandburg, Bradbury, Dali, and Mr. Sagan!

  3. Thank you for all the 'wonder', Michelle. I plan to return to see those I missed. I've loved every post I have read, so often an inspiration for my day! There's nothing lovelier than to end with Lucille Clifton & Carl Sagan! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Thanks for the month of wonder, Michelle. I hope you have filled your well.

  5. Beautiful and wonder-filled closing Michelle to NPM! Thanks for saving the links, I'd like to return for ones I've missed!

  6. LOVE the Clifton quote, and you already know how I feel about your month! THANK YOU!!!

  7. Michelle, first of all I am sorry that I have not strolled by your posts earlier but I will backtrack since you whet my appetite for poetry goodness. The quote by Clifton, "Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing," is so true. I enjoyed reading Lucille's poems and watching the video.

  8. Such a wonderful series! Thank you!

  9. Thank you for guiding us on this well filling journey, Michelle! I especially appreciate the introduction to the 'Lunch Break' quartet video...a great place to return to when I need a smile. 'squirrel!'