Archives For *Poetry*


One of the best new releases of this month is…

A Small Porch:
Sabbath Poems 2014 and 2015

Wendell Berry

Hardback: Counterpoint Press, 2016
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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
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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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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
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*** 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.
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Here are three excellent poems from this collection:


Kevin Young

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