2011 01 22

AlmanacLord Byron b.1788; Helen Hoyt b.1887; John Beecher b.1904; Howard Moss b.1922; Else Lasker-Schüler d.1945; Arthur Symons d.1945; Charles Reznikoff d.1976; Léon Damas d.1978

Reading, each both silently and aloud —

  1. January 22nd, Missolonghi — Lord Byron (George Gordon) [Poetry Foundation] “‘Tis time this heart should be unmoved, / Since others it hath ceased to move” – good enough time to as any.
  2. Four Women in a Hot Tub — Kathlene Postma [Rattle] Sounds a lot like the hot tub I come into every day here.
  3. You can tell by the way he slices the cantaloupe — D. H. Tracy, winner of the eleventh annual New Criterion Poetry Prize [E-Verse Radio]
  4. Circle — Howard Moss [The Writer’s Almanac] “In any case, now that you know / That you know what I meant to say, / Why don’t you say what you mean?”
  5. The Guys in the Band — David Kirby [Poetry Daily]
  6. From the Undergrowth — Jeannine Savard [Verse Daily] I’ll try to remember to send a postcard.
  7. Three poems by Osip Mandelstam — (translated by Stephen Dodson) [qarrtsiluni] “Like a caesura yawns this day”!
  8. Carrefour — Amy Lowell [Poets.org] “Why did you not strangle me before speaking”
  9. Ode on Solitude — Alexander Pope [Poetry Out Loud] “Thus let me live, unseen, unknown” . . . and let even that desire remain unheard, unknown, untouched by another presence.
  10. A New Poet — Linda Pastan [Poem of the Day] One of the many reasons I love reading poems so much!
  11. Times is Hard — [Anonymous] [Representative Poetry Online] Alright, I won’t do this often enough to count, but: LOL!
  12. Eden Rock — Charles Causley [Poetry Archive]
  13. Villanelle for a Cool April — Robyn Sarah [Canadian Poetry Online]
  14. Obsessed — Mary Crockett Hill [From the Fishouse] “All day I have almost seen spiders / dart in and out of my periphery.”
  15. Sonnet XXII — William Shakespeare [EServer Poetry Collection] “My glass shall not persuade me I am old, / So long as youth and thou are of one date”
  16. To a Lady — William Dunbar [The Oxford Book of English Verse]
  17. The Prophet: Self-Knowledge — Khalil Gibran. “The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.”
  18. Tamerlane and Other Poems: Visit of the Dead — Edgar Allan Poe. [Wikisource] “Thy soul shall find itself alone—” . . . but still unfolding itself like a lotus of countless petals? Oh.
  19. Prometheus — Lord Byron (b.1/22/1788) [Poetry Foundation]
  20. And I’ll give him another birthday reading: When We Two Parted — Lord Byron [Poets.org]
  21. The Root — Helen Hoyt (b.1/22/1887) [Poetry Foundation] Pretty nonchalant coverage by the organization that runs the poetry magazine for which the poetess served as associate editor during a stretch of its early years. At least they do let her have one page for this poem; their bio page for her is simply blank. Shameful. Or as their blog might actually characterize it (when pointing an accusing finger at others, not at their own efforts, of course): “defective.”
  22. Let’s at least read one more of hers, even if we have to search elsewhere to find it: Ellis Park — Helen Hoyt [About: Women’s Hostory]
  23. Two poems: (1) Chainey; and (2) To Alexander Meiklejohn — John Beecher (b.1/22/1904) [Modern American Poetry]
  24. The Lie — Howard Moss (b.1/22/1922) [Poetry Foundation] “Lie to me. And lie to me.”
  25. The Abandoned — Arthur Symons (d.1/22/1945) [Black Cat Poems] “Longing for sleep, the sleep that comes with death, / She fell, she felt the water, and forgot / All, save the drowning agony of breath.”
  26. Depression — Charles Reznikoff (d.1/22/1976) [Poetry Foundation]
  27. Outside/A/War — Weston Cutter [The Gettysburg Review]
  28. The Angels of Our Expectations — John Wood [Asheville Poetry Review]
  29. Six poems: (1) …Ah Men; (2) Word For Windows; (3) Needing no name.; (4) Don’t bury me in anything I wouldn’t be seen dead in; (5) ….Of Human Kindness; and (6) Different Ways. — Christine Broe [Electric Acorn] I drew these poems from the first issue of Electric Acorn, as currently still held at the Internet Archive. As noted in my Pet Peeve #2, being an Internet “archive” doesn’t necessarily mean the content will be preserved. So I’m also making local snapshots for myself, and will take today’s reading as launch of an effort to collect all Electric Acorn poetry currently still accessible.
  30. This Morning the Small Bird Brought a Message from the Other Side [pdf] — Aracelis Girmay [The Massachusetts Review] “I want to know what to do / with the dead things we carry.”
  31. Oxford — E. H. W. Meyerstein [Oxford Poetry]
  32. Hug of A Tsunami — Ajay Vishwanathan [The Potomac]
  33. Expecting Honey — Bridget Talone [Tin House Magazine] “Maybe someday / the songs will come slinking // back with a terrible buzzing sweetness.”
  34. From Memoria Technica — Alan Dent [FIRE]
  35. Würzburg Cup — Maximilian Hildebrand [Great Works]
  36. poem — Cid Corman [Jacket] Oh?
  37. Bad Sex — Marilyn Kallet [Toronto Quarterly] Nodding to that “tribute to that unknown woman / who took the next shift / and as a way of saying, thank you, Mike.”
  38. If I can’t have you — David Shapiro [The Best American Poetry]
  39. And among several re-read today from the stack I read and listed a month ago here:
    Great Blue Heron
    — T. Alan Broughton [American Life in Poetry]
  40. Mozambique — Bob Dylan [Bob Dylan] First played 35 years ago today. “And you see why it’s so unique to be / Among the lovely people living free / Upon the beach of sunny Mozambique”
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