Archives For *Poetry*

 

meadowlarks

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:

Meadowlarks
Sara Teasdale

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Quietude, Stillness, and Silence

A Feature Review of

Unquiet Vigil
Paul Quenon, OCSO

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2014.
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and

Meditations in Times of Wonder
Michael Martin

Paperback: Angelico Press, 2014
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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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Lord_Byron_coloured_drawing

Today is the birthday of the poet Lord Byron, born January 22, 1788…

Here are five of our favorite poems by him…

REMEMBRANCE.
Lord Byron
(1806)

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Edgar_Allan_Poe

Today is birthday of American writer Edgar Allan Poe, born 1809.

In honor of the occasion, here is Christopher Walken reading Poe’s familiar poem “The Raven.”

Get this poem, in this free ebook or in this bargain print book.

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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.

This first list will feature 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, which will be posted next week, will feature 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.

Classic Poets:

All the poems in these books are in the public domain. Read them on your device, print them out, post them on your blog, slice them, dice them and remix them into your own poems. Most of all, have fun!

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RD-Betts

We recently posted Terri Gross’s recent NPR interview with poet Reginald Dwayne Betts

I just found this PBS video of him reading one of the poems from his latest collection:

Bastards of the Reagan Era

Paperback: Four Way, 2015
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[ Read several poems from this collection ]

 

For the City that Nearly Broke Me
Reginald Dwayne Betts

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of French poet Paul Verlaine (d. 1896)…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this poem:
 

FREE EBOOK- Poems of Paul Verlaine

via Project Gutenberg

 
 

“SON, THOU MUST LOVE ME!
SEE–” MY SAVIOUR SAID

Paul Verlaine

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Today, January 6, is Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day,

a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles. (via Wikipedia)

In honor of the occasion, here is T.S. Eliot reading his brief poem “The Journey of the Magi”

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Marci-BDSK

Our poem of the day,
from the brand new collection…

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit: Poems
Marci Rae Johnson

Paperback: Steel Toe Books, Jan. 2016
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Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Marci Rae Johnson

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