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 Post subject: Re: April is National Poetry Month!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:09 am 
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Here is the first poem I remember reading in my pre-U course, sometime back in 1991 or 1992, where I said to myself: "Hey, this is pretty awesome. I may actually come to like poetry if there are other poems like this..." It's close to my heart because it's bizarre topically (especially for it's time) exquisitely written and just the first thing where my heart, my brain went...PING epiphanal for a poem. I'd read them before and never thought I'd get them I thought they were too much, too challenging, for the most part. But this was the one, the portal, my gateway poem.

Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning: http://www.bartleby.com/101/720.html

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OPHELIA'S CONFESSION
By Tracey Herd

Every day God pats my head and calls me
angel, his little broken woman
and gives me flowers as if I hadn't had enough of these
and I choke back my rage and he mistakes this
for distress as I stand there shaking
in my little sackcloth dress.

Had I ever had the choice
I'd have worn a very different dress,
slit from breast to navel and far too tight
and I'd have smoked and sworn and been
out of my head on drugs, not grief, and the flowers
would have been a tattoo around my ankle,
not an anchor to drag me down, and as for
being a virgin, I'd have slept with both men and women.

I would never recommend a shallow stream
and what was no more than a daisy chain
as being the ideal way to die.
It was far too pretty but I had to improvise
and I was a poet, far more so than him,
who threw out every word he ever thought
as if that might have kept his sorry life afloat.

I didn't drown by accident. I was a suicide.
At least let me call my mind my own
even when my heart was gone beyond recall.

Today, a car crash might have been my final scene,
a black Mercedes in a tunnel by the Seine,
with no last words, no poetry,
with flashbulbs tearing at my broken body
because broken was the way I felt inside,
the cameras lighting up the wreckage of a life.
That would, at least, have been an honest way to die.

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 Post subject: Re: April is National Poetry Month!
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One of my favorites:

The Garden
Dorianne Laux

We were talking about poetry.
We were talking about nuclear war.
She said she couldn’t write about it
because she couldn’t imagine it.
I said it was simple. Imagine
this doorknob is the last thing
you will see in this world.
Imagine you happen to be standing
at the door when you look down, about
to grasp the knob, your fingers
curled toward it, the doorknob old
and black with oil from being turned
so often in your hand, cranky
with rust and grease from the kitchen.
Imagine it happens this quickly, before
you have time to think of anything else;
your kids, your own life, what it will mean.
You reach for the knob and the window
flares white, though you see it only
from the corner of your eye because
you’re looking at the knob, intent
on opening the back door to the patch
of sunlight on the porch, that garden
spread below the stairs and the single
tomato you might pick for a salad .
But when the flash comes you haven’t
thought that far ahead. It is only
the simple desire to move into the sun
that possesses you. The thought
of the garden, that tomato, would have
come after you had taken the knob
in your hand, just beginning to twist it,
and when the window turns white
you are only about to touch it,
preparing to open the door.



Dorianne Laux is probably my favorite poet. I love reading the poems everyone's been posting!


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 Post subject: Re: April is National Poetry Month!
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I love reading the poems everyone's been posting!

Me too! Yay, poetry fans!

So I have been and will continue to bum youse out poetically because that's how I roll (wait till I get to Plath), but I decided on this numerically unlucky day of April 13, I'd post a happy poem I enjoy:

HAPPINESS
by Raymond Carver

So early it's still almost dark out.
I'm near the window with coffee,
and the usual early morning stuff
that passes for thought.
When I see the boy and his friend
walking up the road
to deliver the newspaper.
They wear caps and sweaters,
and one boy has a bag over his shoulder.
They are so happy
they aren't saying anything, these boys.
I think if they could, they would take
each other's arm.
It's early in the morning,
and they are doing this thing together.
They come on, slowly.
The sky is taking on light,
though the moon still hangs pale over the water.
Such beauty that for a minute
death and ambition, even love,
doesn't enter into this.
Happiness. It comes on
unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really,
any early morning talk about it.

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 Post subject: probably my favorite poem of all time
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Nicole Blackman, "The God of Sleep"

Girls have to go somewhere dangerous every now and then
just so they know they can find their way home.

When he tells everyone you slept with him,
tell them the truth.
You were awake the whole time.

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Mary Todd on Her Deathbed by Julianna Baggott: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainmen ... fin/56807/

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Our Past by Anne Waldman http://articles.latimes.com/1998/aug/23/books/bk-15607
I first ran across this one in The Beat Reader when I was 14 and I have always loved it.


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Skunk Hour by Robert Lowell: http://people.virginia.edu/~sfr/enam312 ... owell.html

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I love Robert Lowell!
Feeling nostalgic, this one reminds me of my dad 'cause he once told me this is his favorite poem:
Whitman's When Lilacs Last In the Dooryard Bloom'd http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174748


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I love Walt Whitman's passion for everything, and I mean everything. I can't help but wonder that if sometimes, in real life, his delirious joy exhausted him.

The Man-Moth by Elizabeth Bishop: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/176997

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The Infirmament by Dean Young: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/177132

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Leningrad Cemetary, Winter of 1941 by Sharon Olds: http://poetshouse.blogspot.com/2007/12/sharon-olds.html

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Margaret Atwood, "Morning in the Burned House"

In the burned house I am eating breakfast.
You understand: there is no house, there is no breakfast,
yet here I am.

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 Post subject: Re: April is National Poetry Month!
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Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Modern Declaration"

I, having loved ever since I was a child a few things, never having
wavered
In these affections; never through shyness in the houses of the
rich or in the presence of clergymen having denied these
loves;
Never when worked upon by cynics like chiropractors having
grunted or clicked a vertebra to the discredit of those loves;
Never when anxious to land a job having diminished them by a
conniving smile; or when befuddled by drink
Jeered at them through heartache or lazily fondled the fingers of
their alert enemies; declare

That I shall love you always.
No matter what party is in power;
No matter what temporarily expedient combination of allied
interests wins the war;
Shall love you always.

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Disabled by Wilfred Owen text: http://www.englishverse.com/poems/disabled

Being read aloud on youtube by Kenneth Branagh, who reads it very well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad0iEvQ9S4c

The Sharon Olds Leningrad one from yesterday, this one and the one I'll post tomorrow are close to my heart as they're the ones I chose to write my first ever poetry essay on many years ago, early on in my schoolin'.

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What Were They Like? by Denise Levertov: http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/Deni ... rtov/15411

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The Broken Tower by Hart Crane: http://oldpoetry.com/opoem/33477-Harold ... oken-Tower

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I haven't read much poetry in a long time but I do enjoy it. I like Billy Collins:

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On Turning Ten

The whole idea of it makes me feel
like I'm coming down with something,
something worse than any stomach ache
or the headaches I get from reading in bad light--
a kind of measles of the spirit,
a mumps of the psyche,
a disfiguring chicken pox of the soul.

You tell me it is too early to be looking back,
but that is because you have forgotten
the perfect simplicity of being one
and the beautiful complexity introduced by two.
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit.
At four I was an Arabian wizard.
I could make myself invisible
by drinking a glass of milk a certain way.
At seven I was a soldier, at nine a prince.

But now I am mostly at the window
watching the late afternoon light.
Back then it never fell so solemnly
against the side of my tree house,
and my bicycle never leaned against the garage
as it does today,
all the dark blue speed drained out of it.

This is the beginning of sadness, I say to myself,
as I walk through the universe in my sneakers.
It is time to say good-bye to my imaginary friends,
time to turn the first big number.

It seems only yesterday I used to believe
there was nothing under my skin but light.
If you cut me I could shine.
But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,
I skin my knees. I bleed.


Also Taylor Mali, best when he performs his work:



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I've been reading some Billy Collins lately! <3

There aren't a ton of modern writers writing formal poetry anymore unless they sort of do it as an experiment or exercise or just an occasional thing, but there (was) Hart Crane and A.E. Stallings who always and only writes strictly in meter:

Explaining an Affinity for Bats by A.E. Stallings: http://www.versedaily.org/affinitybats.shtml

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Prayer to be with Mercurial Women by Roddy Lumsden: http://books.google.ca/books?id=ap6LTaZ ... en&f=false

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A poem about poetry....

poetry by Charles Bukowski

it
takes
a lot of

desperation

dissatisfaction

and
disillusion

to
write

a
few
good
poems.

it's not
for
everybody

either to

write
it

or even to

read
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Elvis The Performing Octopus by Polly Clark: http://www.poetryarchive.stage.goodtech ... emId=11149

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Two by Wendy Cope:

The Orange
Wendy Cope

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all my jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.

An Attempt at Unrhymed Verse
Wendy Cope

People tell you all the time,
Poems do not have to rhyme.
It's often better if they don't
And I'm determined this one won't.

Oh dear.

Never mind, I'll start again.
Busy, busy with my pen...cil.
I can do it if I try--
Easy, peasy, pudding and gherkins.

Writing verse is so much fun,
Cheering as the summer weather,
Makes you feel alert and bright,
'Specially when you get it more or
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Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/funeral-blues-2/

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Silence by Marianne Moore: http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/1489.html

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