Archives For Poems

 

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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…

FREE Ebooks
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 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:

 
 

Revival 
Kevin Young

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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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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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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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Today is the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this poem by one of our favorite living poets:

St. Thomas the Apostle
Malcolm Guite

Found in the collection:  Sounding the Seasons: 70 Sonnets for the Christian Year
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Three poems from the brand new collection

These Intricacies: Poems

Dave Harrity

Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2015
Buy now: [ Amazon ]

Poem #1: Contemplating the Egg

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TomOrrIn Love of Place

A Review of

Tongue to the Anvil: Poems
Thomas Alan Orr

Paperback: Restoration Press, 2014.

Reviewed by Sarah Lyons

 

If left on my own, I find that I tend to be very demanding when reading poems. I’ll read them in handfuls on a whim, but not carefully—it’s the casual, uncommitted kind of reading with eyes sweeping from one line break to the next without really ‘catching.’ I’ll skim. I’ll find myself in love with the idea of poetry, and yet not actually interested in the sometimes bare realities of it.

With this habit ingrained in the back of my soul, I brushed my hands over a few pages of Orr’s work. And I paused. And then I read the poems again.

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Today is the birthday of G.K. Chesterton, born 1874…

In honor of the occasion, here are three of our favorite poems of his.

If you are a fan of Chesterton’s work,
we recommend this $1.99 bargain Kindle ebook:
The G. K. Chesterton Collection [50 Books]

ON RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION
G.K. Chesterton

When Adam went from Paradise
He saw the Sword and ran;
The dreadful shape, the new device,
The pointed end of Paradise,
And saw what Peril is and Price,
And knew he was a man.

When Adam went from Paradise,
He turned him back and cried
For a little flower from Paradise;
There came no flower from Paradise;
The woods were dark in Paradise,
And not a bird replied.

For only comfort or contempt,
For jest or great reward,
Over the walls of Paradise,
The flameless gates of Paradise,
The dumb shut doors of Paradise,
God flung the flaming sword.

It burns the hand that holds it
More than the skull it scores;
It doubles like a snake and stings,
Yet he in whose hand it swings
He is the most masterful of things,
A scorner of the stars.

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