Archives For *Poetry*

 

Today (May 16) is the birthday of poet Adrienne Rich.

Here are five of our favorite poems by her…

In Those Years
Adrienne Rich

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Today (April 26) marks the birthday of former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey…

In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of video clips of Trethewey reading her poems…

*** Books by Natasha Trethewey

Benediction:

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In honor of National Poetry Month, give a listen to this excellent conversation with poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths!
Her latest collection of poems is:

Lighting the Shadow: Poems
Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Paperback: Four Ways Books, 2015.
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Listen to her conversation with poet Kevin Young of The New Yorker:

 
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In honor of National Poetry Month, here are a few of our favorite poetry books from the last few years.  Get a taste of each book by reading some sample poems from each:

LIKE:
Poems

A.E. Stallings

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Thin Places
 
A Review of 

Dreaming of Stones: Poems
Christine Valters Paintner

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2019
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Reviewed by Michial Farmer
 
 
Midway through Dreaming of Stones, her new collection of poems, Christine Valters Paintner writes that her mission as a writer and a human being is to remember “the wonder that there is anything, / much less bluebells and fresh bread, / the way world are encapsulated / in drops of dew” (“In Praise of Forgetting,” ll. 23-26). As far as aesthetic mission statements go, you could do a lot worse—especially for a poet like Paintner, whose poems skate the line between physical and metaphysical, between ordinary and sacramental. Though she doesn’t say so directly, Paintner’s poetics demonstrate Simone Weil’s famous observation that attention is a form of prayer. Perhaps all good poetry does that, but Paintner seems particularly cognizant of it.

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(I know that I’m jumping ahead of things a bit by posting this hymn during Lent, but it also is an important piece of Women’s History)
 
St. Cassiane was a ninth century Eastern Roman abbess, poet, composer, and hymnographer. She is one of the first medieval composers whose scores are both extant and able to be interpreted by modern scholars and musicians. Approximately fifty of her hymns are extant and twenty-three are included in Orthodox Church liturgical books. The exact number is difficult to assess, as many hymns are ascribed to different authors in different manuscripts and are often identified as anonymous (adapted from Wikipedia)
 

Other Women Saints
Whose Stories You Should Know

 

Hymn for
Holy Wednesday
St. Cassiane

 
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from the late poet…

 

Winter Hours:
Prose, Prose Poems,
and Poems

 

Mary Oliver

 

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“Oliver touches on the building of houses and the laying of turtle eggs. She ponders the work of Frost, Poe, Whitman, and Hopkins. She includes some of her own poems and prose poems. And she speaks beautifully of the work of poem-building.” – Amazon.com review
 

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Homecoming
Timothy Larsen

When our Lord Jesus Christ
returned to Earth, one of the
first things he did
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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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