Archives For *Poetry*



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

Download a FREE MP3 of Berry Reading this Poem

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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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If you like Wendell Berry’s poetry, you should familiarize yourself with the poems of nature writer Liberty Hyde Bailey!

Bailey was one of the most prominent American botanists and horticulturalists of the early twentieth century.  He was also an agrarian writer whose work inspired Wendell Berry and one of the fathers of the Country Life Movement, and yes, also a nature poet.

Yesterday was Bailey’s birthday, and in honor of the occasion, we marked down our edition of his collection of poems to 99c for Kindle!
(This is a limited time offer and a great chance to familiarize yourself with his wonderful poetry!)

Wind and Weather: Poems

Liberty Hyde Bailey

with an introductory essay
by C. Christopher Smith
co-author of Slow Church

Kindle edition:  [ Get it now for 99c! ]

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Tomorrow, March 12, marks the birthday of the late poet and author Phyllis Tickle…


In honor of the occasion, here are three poems from her recent collection…

Hungry Spring & Ordinary Spring:
Collected Poems (An Autobiography of Sorts)

Phyllis Tickle

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2015
Buy now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

*** For a limited time,
the Kindle edition of this book is on sale for $2.99!!!


Poem #1: The Laments

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One of this month’s exciting new poetry releases is 

Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015
Kevin Young

Hardback: Knopf, Feb 2016.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle  ]


Here are three excellent poems from this collection:


Kevin Young

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of poet Sara Teasdale.

Teasdale wrote a surprising number of lovely poems about birds. Here are five of our favorites:

These poems can be found in these two volumes, which are available as FREE Kindle ebooks:

Sara Teasdale

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Quietude, Stillness, and Silence

A Feature Review of

Unquiet Vigil
Paul Quenon, OCSO

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2014.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]   

Meditations in Times of Wonder
Michael Martin

Paperback: Angelico Press, 2014
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]


Reviewed by Matthew Braddock


The mathematician Henri Poincare, once said, “It is by logic that we prove. It is by intuition that we discover.” When our minds are set on one way of thinking or one way of doing things, mindlessly determined by the past, we blur our intuition and can miss much of the present world around us. A purely rational/logical understanding of events can confirm old mindsets and preserve rigid categories. One should pay careful attention to what happens when one becomes stuck in a particular rational narration of a dominant story.

The counterbalance is to discover alternative narratives through awareness and intuition; varying ways of perceiving a reality that has become lost. This is one of the reasons we have poetry. As Paul Quenon reminds is in Unquiet Vigil, poems helps us listen and pay attention to that which has not yet been seen or heard. Through intuition, one may excavate stories and experiences that have been repressed, submerged, or buried. Quenon, a Trappist monk and student of Thomas Merton, refers to the process of watching and listening as “keeping vigil”.

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Read More Poetry

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read more poetry?

If not, it’s not too late to do so. 

“For me, poetry is a practice that is helping me begin to slow down and become more attentive. Learning to read a poem carefully trains us to pay extraordinary attention to the sounds and images of language that we might easily overlook in our haste. … Poems offer us an invitation to abide with their words.”

– ERB Editor, Chris Smith, In Defense of Poetry

To help you read more poetry, we will be publishing two lists of recommended poets.

Our first list featured classic poets, whose work is freely available in the public domain.  These poems are good because they have withstood the test of time, and because they are easily and freely accessible. Their drawbacks are that they are dated (Many of them, for instance, write in verse, a form that is widely rejected among poets today), and that although we have tried to make our list as diverse as possible, there tends to be less diversity (A hundred years ago or more, the vast majority of poets being published were white males).

Our second list, below, features the work of contemporary poets.

It will be beneficial to develop habits of reading poems from both of these lists. The classics help us understand the tradition of poetry, and contemporary poets wrestle with contemporary concerns in the forms of today.

Contemporary Poets:

Where possible, we have included a video of the poet reading from her or his work… Your local library will likely have books by at least some of these poets.

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