Category Archives: Poetry

Hooked me with the first simile

“The White-Breasted Nuthatch,” by John Foy.

Posted in Birds and Birding, Poetry | Comments Off on Hooked me with the first simile

Abecedarian lipogram

Adam Bertocci reworks “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

Posted in Poetry | Comments Off on Abecedarian lipogram

Rude good wood rued

I like poetry that rhymes and doesn’t rhyme, like today’s offering, Rebecca Foust’s “Dream of the Rood.”

Posted in Poetry | Comments Off on Rude good wood rued

Perfectly peachy poem

Rita Dove’s “Ode to My Right Knee,” verse with a slightly concealed structural constraint.

Posted in Poetry | Comments Off on Perfectly peachy poem

the caesura of the seventh inning stretch

“The Poets at the Ball Game,” by Reginald Harris.

Posted in Baseball, Poetry | Comments Off on the caesura of the seventh inning stretch

Gone

Wednesday’s poem at Poetry Daily is a killer, “Things That Have Changed Since You Died:”, by Laura Kasischke.

…We

send each other mail without stamps.

Posted in Poetry | Comments Off on Gone

Six sides

Awesome Christmas-themed sestina (sestina, that Rubik’s cube of poetic forms) by Marcy Campbell.

Posted in Poetry | Comments Off on Six sides

the bareknuckle sun

“Three Lauds,” by Kimberly Johnson, at Poetry Daily.

Posted in Poetry | Comments Off on the bareknuckle sun

Fold

Via wood s lot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Proofreader,” by Donna Levine Gershon.

Posted in Fun, Poetry | Comments Off on Fold

Sodiate

Crisp poetic offering by Todd Boss at Poetry Daily.

Posted in Poetry | Comments Off on Sodiate

the radio/is off

At Via Negativa, Dave Bonta offers “This poem has nothing to do with 9/11.”

Posted in In Memoriam, Poetry | Comments Off on the radio/is off

Hesitation, doubt, and ambiguity

Bill Keller proposes that the current occupants of the Capitol would benefit from a little poetry:

Poetry is no substitute for courage or competence, but properly applied, it is a challenge to self-certainty, which we currently have in excess. Poetry serves as a spur to creative thinking, a rebuke to dogma and habit, an antidote to the current fashion for pledge signing.

He quotes from William Carlos Williams (somehow I had remembered these lines as coming from Whitman): “It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably every day/for lack/of what is found there.”

His colleague David Orr suggests some works that might serve as antidotes to the paralysis. I think Kay Ryan’s “All You Did” is especially pertinent.

Posted in Poetry, Public Policy and Politics | Comments Off on Hesitation, doubt, and ambiguity

Brushed

Don Share’s a Jethro Tull fan: “The Crew Change” at Poetry Daily is a keeper. Jumpy rhythm and simple metaphor.

Posted in Poetry | Comments Off on Brushed

Primary virtues

“Hem Stitch Hemi Stichs,” a masterful poem by Judith Baumel. Lovely alliteration and springy rhythms.

Posted in Poetry | Comments Off on Primary virtues

Reading list

‘Tis Poetry Month once again, and Patrick Cooper points to Jay Parini’s list of ten American poems then “have left the deepest mark on US literature – and me.” Robert Lowell is more or less unknown to me, and Parini’s selection, “Memories of West Street and Lepke,” reminds me pleasantly of Marianne Moore. I haven’t read much Whitman for a long while—time to rectify that.

Posted in Poetry | Tagged | Comments Off on Reading list