Archives For *Poetry*

 

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Sunday Aug 28 is the birthday of poet Rita Dove.

In honor of the occasion, we offer these videos of her reading her poems…


Black on a Saturday Night

 



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TODAY is the birthday of the poet
John Dryden, born 1631.

In remembrance of the poet, we offer three of our favorite poems…


On the Death
of a Very Young Gentleman


John Dryden

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TODAY marks the anniversary
of William Blake’s death in 1827.

In remembrance of his life, we offer five of our favorite poems…

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With Blake’s Art & Poems

The Voice of the
Ancient Bard
William Blake

 

Youth of delight! come hither
And see the opening morn,
Image of Truth new-born.
Doubt is fled, and clouds of reason,
Dark disputes and artful teazing.
Folly is an endless maze;
Tangled roots perplex her ways;
How many have fallen there!
They stumble all night over bones of the dead;
And feel–they know not what but care;
And wish to lead others, when they should be led.

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One of the best new releases of this month is…
 

A Small Porch:
Sabbath Poems 2014 and 2015

Wendell Berry

Hardback: Counterpoint Press, 2016
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [  Kindle ]
 

Here’s an excerpt from the book…

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In honor of the elegant new collection of George Herbert’s poems from Cambridge University Press, here are five of our favorite poems of his that are featured in this new book:

 

George Herbert: 100 Poems

Hardback: Cambridge UP, June 2016.
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The Holdfast
George Herbert

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The Places and People
that have Formed our Souls

 
A Review of 

The Multitude: Poems
Hannah Faith Notess

Paperback: Southern Indiana Review Press, 2015
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]
 
Reviewed by Mark Wendland
 
 
 
The Multitude is a collection of accessible free-verse poems. It is the third published work of the author who has connections to Image Journal and Seattle Pacific’s Response and has worked primarily as an editor. The influence of the multitude of memories on the present loosely form the theme of the collection as a whole. Throughout the haunting of the present with the past is frequently achieved by juxtaposing images from different time periods. In “The Virgin in the City”, Mary shows up in a variety of urban settings from a bus, to a shipping dock, to a classroom.  In another poem, the poet notices a leggy girl playing Mario Kart, sitting in the Botticelli room of the Uffizi Art Gallery. She is completely absorbed and seemingly unaware of where she is–like most of us. At times the poet is more daring with the imagery, revealing, and even reveling in, some of her boyish interests. There are repeated references, for example, to early video games.  Saint Augustine, wanders around in a giant Pac-Man maze, pursued by “heresies and ghosts of heresies.” In “Endor (Disambiguation)” the Stars Wars planet sits next to references to Tolkien’s Middle Earth and the ancient Canaanite town, all known by the same name. Drawing inspiration from the repetition of the name in all three places, nerdy details comingle with the profound. “Maybe our universe has a finite number of times you can summon the dead so we’ve begun to repeat ourselves.”

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Tomorrow will be Annie Dillard’s 71st birthday… 

Here are three poems by her:

*** ALSO don’t miss Annie Dillard – The NPR Recordings

 

The Man Who Wishes to Feed on Mahogany

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Wendell Berry

For Earth Day today, three nature poems by Wendell Berry!

 
Watch for Berry’s latest collection of Sabbath poems, A Small Porch , coming next month!

Also, if you like these poems, I recommend the most complete collection of Berry’s Sabbath poems: This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems.
 

The Peace of Wild Things
Wendell Berry

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April is National Poetry Month…

 
Here are some resources to help you celebrate.
 

Tania Ruyan’s excellent collection of poems,

Simple Weight: Poems

is ** FREE ** right now for Kindle.

It will make great reading for National Poetry Month!

 
 
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Tomorrow (March 26) marks the anniversary of Walt Whitman’s death in 1892.

In remembrance of him, we offer five of his poems that we love from his famed collection LEAVES OF GRASS…

Poets to Come
Walt Whitman

 

Poets to come! orators, singers, musicians to come!
Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,
But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than
before known,
Arouse! for you must justify me.

I myself but write one or two indicative words for the future,
I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the darkness.

I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a
casual look upon you and then averts his face,
Leaving it to you to prove and define it,
Expecting the main things from you.

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