Archives For *Poetry*

 

For Valentine’s Day today, I was delighted to hear this poem that one of our favorite poets, Kwame Alexander wrote… or more precisely, compiled. Alexander is author of, among many other books:

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Kwame Alexander

Hardback: Candlewick, 2017
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Last month, NPR asked elementary and high school teachers to give the following prompt to their students: “Love is … ” Students then filled in the blank with a line or, in some cases, a whole poem. Teachers from around the country submitted what their students wrote; NPR received more than 2,000 entries. Alexander read through them and created one big love poem.

Listen to the poem, as heard on NPR:

 
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This week marked the anniversary of Robert Frost’s death in 1963.

In remembrance of Robert Frost, we offer five poems from his collection NEW HAMPSHIRE (1923), which was also just released into the public domain this month…
 
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*** Listen to Robert Frost
Reading Two Poems

Stopping By Woods
On Snowy Evening
Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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IMAGE CREDIT: Woodcut by J.J. Lankes
from the original edition of this book

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This week marks the anniversary of both the birth (1 Jan 1956) and the death (4 January 2008) of the Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue…  

 

O’Donohue’s posthumous book 
Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World
was released in the U.S. last fall.

Our review ran in our Advent 2018 magazine issue!
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*** Our Intro Guide
to John O’Donohue’s work

 
We remember the poet with
four of our favorite poems by him…

 

Thought-Work
John O’Donohue

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Luci Shaw – Five Poems

December 28, 2018

 

Tomorrow (Dec 29) marks the birthday of poet Luci Shaw! 

 

Her latest collection of poems is
Eye of the Beholder (Paraclete Poetry)
Watch for our review in our Lent 2019 magazine issue!
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We celebrate the occasion with five of our favorite poems by her…

The Slow Pleasures
Luci Shaw

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Poet A.E. Stallings’s newly released collection of poems is one of the best poetry books of 2018

 

Like: Poems
A.E. Stallings

Hardback: FSG Books, 2018
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Here are three superb poems from this collection…

 

Art Monster
A.E. Stallings

 
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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey’s newly released collection of poems is undoubtedly one of the best poetry books of 2018

 

Monument:
Poems New and Selected
Natasha Trethewey

Hardback: HMH Books, Nov. 2018
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Here are four superb poems from this collection…

 

Gathering
Natasha Trethewey

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Marilyn McEntyre, one of our favorite writers, has a new collection of poems out:

Occasions: Poems
Marilyn McEntyre

Paperback: Resource Publications, 2018.
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*** Our Intro Guide to Marilyn McEntyre’s work

 

Here are three great poems from this new collection…

 

Advent on
the Central Coast
Marilyn McEntyre

 

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Tinker, Tailor, Poet, Spy
 
A Review of
 

Priest Turned Therapist
Treats Fear of God: Poems

Tony Hoagland

 
Paperback: Graywolf Press, 2018
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Reviewed by Aarik Danielsen
 
 
Some children, it seems, belong to secret societies. Their approaches to life suggest membership in good standing with the Future Tinkerers of America, Mini-Mechanics Guild or Tiny Troubleshooters Union. Curiosity leads these children into taking action, and taking apart perfectly good appliances to find the secret buttons or where the wires connect.

Not me. As a child, I assumed every gear and gadget had its right place and right to be undisturbed. Who was I to strip away all the magic and see how one thing led to another?

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H.D. – Five Poems

September 27, 2018

 

Today (Sept. 27) marks the anniversary of the death of poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, d. 1961).

We celebrate the occasion with five of our favorite poems by her…

 

Storm
H.D.

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Tomorrow (Sept. 7) marks the anniversary of the death of Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier (d. 1892).

We celebrate the occasion with five of our favorite poems by him…

 

Requirement
John Greenleaf Whittier

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