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 Post subject: Re: April is National Poetry Month!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:50 pm 
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There's no William Carlos Williams up in this thread? That must be remedied.

Danse Russe
If when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,-
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
"I am lonely, lonely,
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!"
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
against the yellow drawn shades,-

Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?


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I love John Berryman. He's one of those poets though who are sometimes (occasionally? often?) difficult to understand, even if you read his stuff really carefully and ponder a while. Sometimes, I think Berryman must have written in his alcoholic deleriums to produce what he did but the thing is, even in his mind's muddiest depths, these zingers will be buried among his chaos, this particularly stunning arrangement of words that will suddenly make it all so clear. I always think of that Kafka quote about how art is the axe that breaks the frozen sea within (sumpin like dat, paraphrased) whenever I read Berryman because he exemplifies that idea to me more than any other poet I can think of. A couple of Berryman's Dream Songs, which were very difficult to choose as there are so many worth sharing...

Dream Song 14 by John Berryman: http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/john-berryman/1057

Dream Song 56: http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/john-berryman/3588

A whole whack of Dream Songs and Berryman's page at American Poetry online: http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/john-berryman

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The Year
by Janet Bowdan

When you did not come for dinner, I ate leftovers for days. When you missed dessert, I finished all the strawberries. When you did not notice me, I walked four miles uphill past you and into Florence and five miles the other way. When you did not like my dress, I wore it with gray silk shoes instead of gold ones. When you did not see my car had sunk into a snowdrift at the turn of your driveway, I took the shovel off your porch and dug myself out. When you stopped writing, I wrote. When you sent back my poems, I made them into earrings and wore them to work. When you refused to appear at the reunion, I went to the dentist who showed me X-rays of my teeth. When you did not tell me you would be in town, I met you on Main Street on the way back to the library. While you had dinner with me, I walked past the window and looked in. You were not there.

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The ice is melting
In the city of music,
Under-won’t Nucks Go.

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vijita wrote:
Dedicated to SV:

The ice is melting
In the city of music,
Under-won’t Nucks Go.

(edit: I kind of forgot how to write a haiku?)

<3 <3 <3

Dear Lard: I ask that
the 'Nucks drink from Stanley's Cup
Bottoms up! Amen.

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Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/annabel-lee/

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seitanicverses wrote:
vijita wrote:
Dedicated to SV:

The ice is melting
In the city of music,
Under-won’t Nucks Go.

(edit: I kind of forgot how to write a haiku?)

<3 <3 <3

Dear Lard: I ask that
the 'Nucks drink from Stanley's Cup
Bottoms up! Amen.

LOVE!

Okay I promise to stop hijacking this thread now. Yay, poetry!


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 Post subject: Re: April is National Poetry Month!
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This is my favorite poem of all time.
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Heart, we will forget him!
You and I, tonight!
You may forget the warmth he gave,
I will forget the light.

When you have done, pray tell me
That I my thoughts may dim;
Haste! 'lest while you're lagging.
I may remember him!

-Emily Dickinson

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 Post subject: Re: April is National Poetry Month!
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seitanicverses wrote:


oh man, when this is read in Four Weddings and a Funeral it is heartbreaking.


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Bump! It's April once more! This means it is once again National Poetry Month in the U.S. (and Canada I think?) but here let's say it's everywhere.

Link to or post a poem you like! My pick - Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal by Naomi Shihab Nye.


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Hooray! I'm crazybusy alla times now, but I'll try to do a poem a day this month from here on in like I did last year.

Today's poem: Were You To Die by Steven Heighton

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How Everything Adores Being Alive by Mary Oliver

^Oh, no, sorry for the muzak^.

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your limbs
will be torn off
in a farm accident.

Tree limbs
will grow in those places.

you'll cry at night
as your limbs grow curl a little round your still-soft face.

a hummingbird will begin
to hover near your ear.

soon you'll be
more tree
than person.

you'll go camping in the woods
and never come back.

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 Post subject: Re: April is National Poetry Month!
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Since becoming vegan I have read this poem many times in a different light now:

To Posterity
translated by H. R. Hays
Bertolt Brecht

1.

Indeed I live in the dark ages!
A guileless word is an absurdity. A smooth forehead betokens
A hard heart. He who laughs
Has not yet heard
The terrible tidings.

Ah, what an age it is
When to speak of trees is almost a crime
For it is a kind of silence about injustice!
And he who walks calmly across the street,
Is he not out of reach of his friends
In trouble?

It is true: I earn my living
But, believe me, it is only an accident.
Nothing that I do entitles me to eat my fill.
By chance I was spared. (If my luck leaves me
I am lost.)

They tell me: eat and drink. Be glad you have it!
But how can I eat and drink
When my food is snatched from the hungry
And my glass of water belongs to the thirsty?
And yet I eat and drink.

I would gladly be wise.
The old books tell us what wisdom is:
Avoid the strife of the world
Live out your little time
Fearing no one
Using no violence
Returning good for evil --
Not fulfillment of desire but forgetfulness
Passes for wisdom.
I can do none of this:
Indeed I live in the dark ages!

2.

I came to the cities in a time of disorder
When hunger ruled.
I came among men in a time of uprising
And I revolted with them.
So the time passed away
Which on earth was given me.

I ate my food between massacres.
The shadow of murder lay upon my sleep.
And when I loved, I loved with indifference.
I looked upon nature with impatience.
So the time passed away
Which on earth was given me.

In my time streets led to the quicksand.
Speech betrayed me to the slaughterer.
There was little I could do. But without me
The rulers would have been more secure. This was my hope.
So the time passed away
Which on earth was given me.

3.

You, who shall emerge from the flood
In which we are sinking,
Think --
When you speak of our weaknesses,
Also of the dark time
That brought them forth.

For we went,changing our country more often than our shoes.
In the class war, despairing
When there was only injustice and no resistance.

For we knew only too well:
Even the hatred of squalor
Makes the brow grow stern.
Even anger against injustice
Makes the voice grow harsh. Alas, we
Who wished to lay the foundations of kindness
Could not ourselves be kind.

But you, when at last it comes to pass
That man can help his fellow man,
Do no judge us
Too harshly.

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 Post subject: Re: April is National Poetry Month!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:21 am 
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I know that we are in the waning days of April, but I just found this thread. Let's not allow this year's National Poetry Month to go unheeded on the PPK!

Frank O'Hara
Poem (Lana Turner has collapsed!)

Lana Turner has collapsed!
I was trotting along and suddenly
it started raining and snowing
and you said it was hailing
but hailing hits you on the head
hard so it was really snowing and
raining and I was in such a hurry
to meet you but the traffic
was acting exactly like the sky
and suddenly I see a headline
LANA TURNER HAS COLLAPSED!
there is no snow in Hollywood
there is no rain in California
I have been to lots of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful
but I never actually collapsed
oh Lana Turner we love you get up


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Yay! I love Frank O'Hara! I believe I posted "The Day Lady Died" or provided a link to it somewheres earlier in this thread.

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A poem Sylvia Plath wrote for her baby son: Nick And the Candlestick

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Awesome, seitanicverses! Great to see some Anne Sexton up in here too. I'm gonna have to go through this thread and read everyone's selections.

Meanwhile, waiting with bated breath for the first "living poem."

http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainm ... story.html


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Sierra DeMulder ya'll.

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This is my favorite Robyn Bateman poem.

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Radio broadcast and poetry readings from BBC featuring Sylvia Plath from October 30, 1962.

Plath reading poems from Ariel Part I:
1. The Rabbit Catcher
2. A Birthday Present
3. A Secret
4. The Applicant
5. Daddy

Part II:

1. Medusa
2. Stopped Dead
3. Fever 103°
4. Amnesiac
5. Cut

Recorded 30th October, 1962.

Interview with Plath about her work from the same broadcast:


Plath reads Lady Lazarus:
Tulips:

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I tried to add this to the above post but I'm too late. A record album of Sylvia reading her poetry that I never knew existed until now and is probably a rare find in vintage shops. Different poems (from earlier publications) featured here from my previous post:
Side I:
Side II:

Sorry, there's only a poem listing for side II:
00:00 The Disquieting Muses
03:05 Spinster
04:29 Parliament Hill Fields
07:35 The Stones
10:12 Leaving Early
12:37 Candles
14:46 Mushrooms
15:48 Berck-Plage
22:05 The Surgeon at 2 A.M.

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seitanicverses, so awesome~!

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I know it's not April but I wanna talk poetry. This is mostly due to the fact that when I was reading The Richard Burton Diaries he quoted the first lines of Prufrock by Eliot: ""When the evening is spread out against the sky / Like a patient etherized upon a table" and said (I've returned the book to the library so don't have exactly what he said in front of me) but something to the effect that he found this image "a stretch" and that some of Eliot's imagery was not particularly evocative (at least for him). The only stretch for me if I really analyze the quote is that the "evening" not being a "thing" could not theoretically be "spread out against the sky". That thinking kind of takes a metaphorical leap. But overall, I myself have never questioned this image, have always admired it and found it highly evocative and still don't really have a problem with it, despite what Burton says. However, I think I know what he means.

But it made me wonder... Now, to me the main difference between modern poetry and olde poetry is basically the use of imagery. There are many other differences, of course, between them but sitting here, that's the one that homes in with me. I find old poems more reliant on rhyme/rhythm, evocative lines and story telling--nothing wrong with that but there's nothing like a poem with a wonderfully evocative image--all it takes is stunning one in a poem and I'll remember it forever. (I could be wrong about this and in fact I know I am because there's John Donne the 'metaphysical poet' who used the imagery in what might be considered a more modern way (i.e., "walls of jet") but I don't have a strong background in old poetry so don't feel authoritative on this. I've read a lot of Keats, Shakespearean sonnets, Chaucer, studied Pope, Spenser (Fairie Queene). Yeah. You know how some folks are vehemently for old poetry and some vehemently for modern? My feelings aren't that strong; I see things to admire in both--but is it the more abstract quality of imagery that, to me, defines modern poetry more than anything else--is that the issue that causes the divide between modernists and old? I'm sure it's more than that. Anyone have thoughts on this topic or strong opinions they'd like to air?

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