Words for You
For over ten years, I’ve written a poem a day.
This practice is both my anchor and my kite. On this page, you’ll find some of my favorite ones from recent months. For a slew of poems, check out my daily poetry blog, A Hundred Falling Veils.
Words Around the Web
What if you saw yourself as an interstellar being? That’s what I played with in “Monday Night: A Portrait,” published in Braided Way.
Fear has been showing up a lot lately. And yet there are ways to meet it so that it doesn’t overcome us. In this poem, Staying Home, published on A First Sip, I look at what else might show up to keep fear from overwhelming us.
Sometimes we can really experience the wonder, gratitude and joy always available to us. That’s what I explored in this poem published in Gratefulness.org.
In these strange days of quarantine, there is still this great draw toward love. That’s the heart of the poem “The Most Important Thing” published on A First Sip.
What are we doing here? That’s the theme of this poem selected as Editor’s Choice for the Rattle Ekphrastic challenge!
A Teaspoon of Grief: This poem about why it’s essential to be tender with each other was published in Braided Way.
Are You a Spatula, Too? Perhaps you, too, want to be useful, a workhorse for beauty, as in this poem published in Braided Way.
If You Love Books As I Love Books: Here is a free downloadable broadside created by Phyllis Cole-Dai of a poem I wrote in praise of books that change us (as I believe her new book, Beneath the Same Stars, will do).
All of us had a moment when the pandemic became real. Mine is related to watching avalanches. I wrote about it in this poem, The Afternoon the World Health Organization Declared the Pandemic, chosen for Rattle.com’s Poets Respond.
The Future’s So Bright: Here’s one version of what I hope it could look like, shared recently online by Gratefulness.org.
How Big Is Love? I tried to figure that out in a recent poem that was chosen for Rattle’s Poets Respond. Editor Timothy Green wrote, “Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer pulls off joy in a poem. I don’t know why, but any time a poet does that, it feels like I’m watching a trapeze artist land the grand finale with no net.”
All I Want to Do is Dream: And deLuge is the perfect journal for dreamers. They publish poems and artwork about dreams, including this recent poem of mine.
Lyric Essentials: I love this weekly interview on Sundress, which gets poets to do recordings of another poet’s work, then talk about why that work matters to them. I chose to talk about meter, rhyme and play in May Swenson’s Poetry.
Poems for the Classroom: Our state poet Laureate, Joe Hutchison, spearheaded this project, getting Colorado poets into the Colorado Encyclopedia with eight poems tagged with subjects that make it easy for teachers to find poetry about physics, music, history and more. The site is open for all!
Poems of Grief: There’s a fabulous resource for folks looking for poems: verse.press. Here you will find lists of poems on varying themes. One of mine was chosen by Drew Myron for poems of grief.
Finding the Good News and Sharing It: That’s what they do at gratefulness.org, and to that end they picked up Rosemerry’s poem about being open to gratitude.
The Love of Art: Every month, Rattle Poetry hosts the Ekphrastic Challenge, encouraging poets to respond to art. Rosemerry’s poem was editor’s choice for the July image by Samantha Gee, a joy to collaborate with a new artist!
Surround Sound—In the spring, Rosemerry’s poem “Yet Another Layer,” inspired by artist Wewer Keohane’s piece Tea Ceremony was chosen by composer Paul Fowler to become a piece sung by the Ars Nova Singers. You can hear a part of the performance here and read a review of the concert here.
Peace in a Time of Intolerance: In light of recent difficult news events, Rosemerry wrote this poem, picked up by the Colorado Independent.
Dream Come True: DeLuge Journal focuses on the creativity that arises from dreams, and published my poem “Three Slow Dances” in their most recent issue.
The Art of the Apology—How do we improve the world? It starts with three words. I am sorry. See how that might work from the top down in this poem published in New Verse News.
Ekphrasis? What’s that?—It’s the art of writing poetry about works of art. Two of my poems have won the ekphrastic challenge at rattle.com. You can read them here: “Divining” and “After My Friend Phyllis Shows Me the New York Times Obituary Headline”.
What will they say about you when you die? I played with that question in this poem that won the Poets Respond competition at rattle.com. “It Won’t Make the News”.
Ever feel as if you’re pushing a rock up a hill? The lovely blog A Year of Being Here featured this poem of mine recently on just that feeling. “Perhaps It Would Eventually Erode, But … “
One for the Dark Because sometimes it feels so darn dark. Published on the beautiful site, Journey of the Heart, INTO THE DARK AGAIN.
Listen to the Music: One of my sonnets was arranged by Robert McCauley and performed by Kyra Kopestonsky and Colleen Mahoney. Watch the performance below.