2011 02 01

AlmanacAbraham Emanuel Fröhlich b.1796; Arthur Hallam b.1811; Paul Fort b.1872; Langston Hughes b.1902; Galway Kinnell b.1927; David Antin b.1932; Jatindramohan Bagchi d.1948; Peter Levi d.2000

Reading, each both silently and aloud —

  1. The Will of Life — Abu al-Qasim al-Shabi [Arabic Literature (in English)] Poetry will live!
  2. On the Rooftops of Iran — Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna (translated from the Portuguese by Lloyd Schwartz, with Rogério Zola Santiago) [Poetry Daily]
  3. Tears — Al-Khansa (translated by R. A. Nicholson) [Black Cat Poems]
  4. The Face — Stevie Smith [Poetry Foundation]
  5. The world is too much with us — William Wordsworth; with reading by Michelle Boisseau [Poets on Poets]
  6. A Theory of Everything — Mary Crockett Hill [From the Fishouse] “I also believe it has something to do with dogs.”
  7. Dogs — John Kinsella [The Times Literary Supplement] “And a slow movement of the tail / Suggesting compliance, the dark doings / Quickly forgotten.”
  8. Jack Logan, Fighting Airman: The Case of the Red Bordello — Tony Barnstone [Rattle] Excellent! “Living’s an act of faith, not just a trick” . . . seriously so!
  9. Prayer — Jorie Graham [E-Verse Radio] “Listen, I was not saying anything. It was only / something I did. I could not choose words.”
  10. Angry Women — Jim Harrison [The Writer’s Almanac]
  11. Hiding the Toys — Jessy Randall [No Tell Motel] “As soon as I’ve hidden this toy, I’ll start.”
  12. Beginning — Eva Tihanyi [Verse Daily] “One thing you’ve learned: / everything falls.” Or not. Either way, it’s still a beginning.
  13. After Catullus — Lisa Jarnot [Poets.org] “In the beginning / there was grief” . . . and it was rising, not falling. (Bad of me, I know. Call it reader’s perogative.)
  14. Preservations — Nancy Devine [RED OCHRE LiT] “Whoever named the next time fall / must known leaves as interior things”
  15. Two poems from the Spanish: (1) At Kierkegaard’s tomb (“The best ode to spring / is a moment of silence.”); and (2) Summer in Iceland (“The silence has a way of saying things.”) — Enrique Moya (translated by Nathan D. Horowitz) [qarrtsiluni]
  16. Daytime — David Mason [Poetry Foundation]
  17. Ice Child — John Haines [Poetry Out Loud] “Cold for so long, unable to speak, / yet your mouth seems framed / on a cry, or a stifled question.”
  18. Rat Song — Margaret Atwood [Poem of the Day] “and you think I’m ugly too” – go on, you’re free to admit it.
  19. And An Obsessive Combination of Onotological Inscape, Trickery and Love — Anne Sexton [Poem of the Day] “RATS / can amazingly and funnily become STAR” – except you have to want to see it that way. That the difference between love and what isn’t.
  20. Anne Sexton Visits Court Green — David Trinidad [TriQuarterly]
  21. Stanzas Written in Dejection near Naples — Percy Bysshe Shelley [Poetry Moment]
  22. Self-Dependence — Matthew Arnold [Representative Poetry Online] “A cry like thine in mine own heart I hear: / ‘Resolve to be thyself; and know that he, / Who finds himself, loses his misery!'”
  23. In My Craft or Sullen Art — Dylan Thomas [Poetry Archive]
  24. A Little Black Thing Among the Snow — William Blake [Poetry In Voice] “And because I am happy and dance and sing, / They think they have done me no injury”
  25. Ten Thousand — Roo Borson [Canadian Poetry Online] “What’s next, you ask yourself. / You ask it ten thousand times.” Or lose count and start all over again as many times if not more.
  26. In Memoriam A. H. H.: Preface — Alfred, Lord Tennyson [Wikisource] “Forgive these wild and wandering cries, / Confusions of a wasted youth; / Forgive them where they fail in truth, / And in thy wisdom make me wise.”
  27. Sonnet XXXII — William Shakespeare [EServer Poetry Collection] “But since he died and poets better prove, / Theirs for their style I’ll read, his for his love’.”
  28. The Lover in Winter Plaineth for the Spring — [Anonymous] [The Oxford Book of English Verse] Also read last week in Representative Poetry Online.
  29. The Prophet: Death — Khalil Gibran.
  30. The Raven and Other Poems: The Sleeper — Edgar Allan Poe [Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore] Recently read here.
  31. A Boy’s Will: Love and a Question — Robert Frost [Wikisource]
  32. An Upward Look — James Merrill [Poem of the Week (Sarah E. Smith)]
  33. Morning After — Langston Hughes (b.2/1/1902) [Poetry Foundation] “You jest a little bit o’ woman but you / Sound like a great big crowd.” Seriously.
  34. After Making Love We Hear Footsteps — Galway Kinnell (b.2/1/1927) [Poetry Foundation] “I can snore like a bullhorn” – me too, seriously.
  35. Good-bad Zazen, from Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New & Selected Poems — Chase Twichell, winner of the 2011 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award [Poetry Daily]
  36. Strand, from Romey’s Order — Atsuro Riley, winner of the 2011 Kate Tufts Discovery Award [Poetry Daily]
  37. Four poems: (1) Aria; (2) A Beating Wing; (3) Anna; and (4) A Winter’s Day — Karen Kelsay [The New Formalist] “I should pray my future years may be / As perfect as a day and night like this.”
  38. Renewable energy — Ronald Frank [Magma Poetry] “In the end she let all the air out of his four tyres.” All four. And the spare in the trunk too.
  39. The art of looking sideways — David Bircumshaw [Great Works] It’s looking straight that’s beyond art.
  40. Two poems: (1) Understand; and (2) Anne (“our children playing in the scars”) — Les Wicks [Jacket]
  41. The Rabbi Masturbates — Richard Chess [Asheville Poetry Review] “Lilith appears / Her skirt a cataract”
  42. More re-archiving from the Internet Archive: Seven poems: (1) Sunrise in Achill (“I think that if I’d bathed in that lake / I’d never have grown old.”); (2) The Neutral Speaks (“And Silver Wings flew safely by the moon” – I never do stop hearing that broadcast, over and over . . . I think that if I’d bathed in that lake . . .); (3) Summer of Our Discontent; (4) The Bus; (5) Transistor (Do they even make those anymore?); (6) This Woman; and (7) Short Homily — Warren O’Connell [Electric Acorn]
  43. Warming — David Anthony [Lilt] “These days I’ll take what Nature sends…”
  44. So among those re-read today from the stack I read and listed a month ago here: Winter Cares (from The Seasons) — Kristijonas Donelaitis (translated by Nadas Rastenis) Still holding on hard to the season. But if the weather holds, there ain’t no way the groundhog will see his shadow tomorrow morning, not unless he’s standing in front of the headlights of a snowplow. So spring should be just around the corner!
  45. No Time To Think — Bob Dylan [Bob Dylan]
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