Category Archives: Poetry

For Leta: 6

“Lisburn Road,” by Michael Hofmann.

A trunk holding a suitcase holding a holdall,
The travel equivalent of the turducken…

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Dark slope

“The Bear,” by Amit Majmudar.

A word peeked sometimes from the cave mouth
only to shuffle back,

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Hooked me with the first simile

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

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Abecedarian lipogram

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

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Rude good wood rued

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

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Perfectly peachy poem

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

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the caesura of the seventh inning stretch

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

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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.

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Six sides

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

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the bareknuckle sun

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

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Fold

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

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Sodiate

Crisp poetic offering by Todd Boss at Poetry Daily.

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the radio/is off

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

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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.

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Brushed

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

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