National Poetry Month: April 24th

April 24, 2016

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (excerpt) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The western wave was all a-flame. The day was well nigh done! Almost upon the western wave Rested the broad bright Sun; When that strange shape drove suddenly Betwixt us and the Sun. And straight the Sun was flecked with bars, (Heaven’s Mother send […]

National Poetry Month: April 23rd (Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!)

April 23, 2016

Sonnet CXXIX by William Shakespeare Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame Is lust in action, and till action lust Is perjured, murd’rous, bloody, full of blame Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust, Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight, Past reason hunted, and no sooner had, Past reason hated as a swallowed […]

National Poetry Month: April 22nd

April 22, 2016

“An earthen vessel” by Jimmy Glass An earthen vessel may hold the rarest wine .     The handwrought silver goblet—gall .     The tattered cover—words of wisdom .     The gold-edged leaf—the cruelest lie .     Stumbling words—love’s true oath .     The silver tongue—the razor’s edge .     The truth arrives disguised, .     Therein the sorrow lies This poem selected […]

National Poetry Month: April 21st

April 21, 2016

Art & Craft by Robin Coste Lewis I would figure out all the right answers first, then gently mark a few of them wrong. If a quiz had ten problems, I’d cancel out one. When it had twenty, I’d bite my tongue then leave at least two questions blank: _____ _______ . A B was […]

National Poetry Month: April 20th

April 20, 2016

The Flea by John Donne Mark but this flea, and mark in this, How little that which thou deniest me is; It sucked me first, and now sucks thee, And in this flea our two bloods mingled be; Thou know’st that this cannot be said A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead, .   Yet […]

National Poetry Month: April 19th

April 19, 2016

Indian Summer by Dorothy Parker In youth, it was a way I had To do my best to please, And change, with every passing lad, To suit his theories. But now I know the things I know, And do the things I do; And if you do not like me so, To hell, my love, […]

National Poetry Month: April 18th

April 18, 2016

Buddhist Barbie by Denise Duhamel In the 5th century B.C. an Indian philosopher Gautama teaches “All is emptiness” and “There is no self.” In the 20th century A.D. Barbee agrees, but wonders how a man with such a belly could pose, smiling, and without a shirt. This poem was selected by Lesley W. (Head of […]

National Poetry Month: April 17th

April 17, 2016

The Dishonest Mailmen by Robert Creeley They are taking all my letters, and they put them into a fire. .                                    I see the flames, etc. But do not care, etc. They burn everything I have, or what little I have. I don’t care, etc. The poem supreme, addressed to emptiness–this is the courage necessary. This […]

National Poetry Month: April 16th

April 16, 2016

Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins Glory be to God for dappled things — .  For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; .    For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; .  Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough; .    And all trades, their gear and tackle […]

National Poetry Month: April 15th

April 15, 2016

[it is so long since my heart has been with yours] by e.e. cummings it is so long since my heart has been with yours shut by our mingling arms through a darkness where new lights begin and increase, since your mind has walked into my kiss as a stranger into the streets and colours […]