2011 02 14

72AlmanacKostas Varnalis b.1884; Bruce Beaver b.1928; Harry Mathews b.1930; Grigore Vieru b.1935; Douglas Stewart d.1985; Alan Ross d.2001

Reading, each both silently and aloud —

  1. Love — Samuel Taylor Coleridge [Poets.org] What?
  2. Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven — W. B. Yeats [Poets.org] Yes, that.
  3. The Common Lover’s Song — Geoff Wisner [Words Without Borders] “Love me like a lovely dream, / your life at night, / my hope by day”
  4. For You, Friend — Ted Kooser [The Writer’s Almanac] “hold back the hands of the clock, / so that wherever you are, you may walk / even more lightly in your loveliness”
  5. The Buried Life — Matthew Arnold [Poet’s Corner] “Are even lovers powerless to reveal / To one another what indeed they feel?”
  6. To My Dear and Loving Husband — Anne Bradstreet [Poetry In Voice] Some don’t need to say they know. They just do.
  7. A Statistician to His Love — Peter Goldsworthy [Poetry Archive] Won’t bother being ignored.
  8. A Fading Memory — Carol A. Taylor [Rattle] Romeo?
  9. Four poems (with links to each individual poem herein redirecting to the Poetry Foundation website, where those who haven’t yet chanced to receive their subscriptions to the print version must resort): (1) April; (2) Song; (3) In Every Life; and (4) Soften and Melt — Alicia Ostriker [Poetry Daily] And in the eyes of some, we’re all dogs (or lower than).
  10. Valentine for You — Robert Creeley [Verse Daily] “Even the way is changed / without you, even the day.”
  11. Slipper — Serena Chopra [No Tell Motel] When Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday.
  12. Lovers’ Infiniteness — John Donne [Poets.org] “And since my love doth every day admit / New growth, thou shouldst have new rewards in store”
  13. Sonnet LXV: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea — William Shakespeare [Poetry Foundation] (Surprise, surprise: Valentine’s Day is considered a “day” for purposes of Poetry Foundation’s “Poem of the Day.” Probably just random, though. Doesn’t accelerate expectations for how many more weeks past their vague “4-6” it might take before they get around to shrugging ok to a new subscription to print copy. Sorry Will, but I’ll be getting back to reading this one through my normal reading anyway, in a little more than a week – for sure, not just a vague unfulfilled promise to.)
  14. Romantic Moment — Tony Hoagland [Poetry Foundation] Unspoiled.
  15. I Dreamed That I Was Old — Stanley Kunitz [Poetry Out Loud] “I wept with bitter longing, not / Remembering how in my youth I cried.” Dying young’ll do that to a man.
  16. To the Skylark — William Wordsworth [Poetry Moment] For the birds.
  17. Piety — Ambrose Bierce [Representative Poetry Online] I’m pigkind then? Oh. That does explain much.
  18. The Feast of St. Valentine — Bert Almon [Canadian Poetry Online] “You and I can make a feast with hamburger. / Romance is how you taste it.”
  19. Valentine — Elinor Wylie [Poetry Foundation] “Wild honey I shall eat / When I eat my heart.” Want some of it?
  20. Northern Ontario: Finnish Cemetary — Michael Crummey [Canadian Poetry Online] “A father can be as difficult a love / as an adopted country” – dreams fading like burnt grease being scrubbed off the pot.
  21. There Was a Moment — Prabhath Avadhanula [Black Cat Poems] Never mind. One man’s heartache is another woman’s heartburn.
  22. Song — Rhina Espaillat [Lilt] A lilting villanelle.
  23. Unfinished Love Poem — Alexander Long [From the Fishouse]
  24. To Autumn — John Keats; with reading by Curtis Bauer [Poets on Poets] Yes, again. If but for the new voice to it.
  25. Modern Love: III [“This was the woman; what now of the man?”] — George Meredith [Wikisource] “See that I am drawn to her even now!”
  26. Sonnets from the Portuguese: IX [“Can it be right to give what I can give?”] — Elizabeth Barrett Browning [Wikisource] “Beloved, I only love thee! let it pass.”
  27. In Memoriam A. H. H.: XIII [“Tears of the widower, when he sees”] — Alfred, Lord Tennyson [Wikisource]
  28. Sonnet XLV [“The other two, slight air, and purging fire”] — William Shakespeare [EServer Poetry Collection]
  29. A Revocation — Sir Thomas Wyatt [The Oxford Book of English Verse] “What should I say? / —Since Faith is dead, / And Truth away / From you is fled?”
  30. Love to the Church — Timothy Dwight [Yale Book of American Verse] And love to the archives, too.
  31. The Raven and Other Poems: The Conqueror Worm — Edgar Allan Poe [Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore] “And much of Madness, and more of Sin, / And Horror the soul of the plot.”
  32. A Boy’s Will: In Neglect — Robert Frost [Wikisource] “As two in whom they were proved mistaken”
  33. The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 1: The War Within [Anonymous] (translated by Eknath Easwaran) [Poem of the Week (Sarah E. Smith)]
  34. Dinner Hour, December — Eamon Grennan [Poetry 365]
  35. The Silkworms — Douglas Stewart (d.2/14/1985) [Old Poetry] “Now is their hour, when they wake from that long swoon”
  36. Snow-flakes — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [Poetry Foundation] Maybe the groundhog works for the Poetry Foundation now.
  37. Helen’s Postcard from Aspen — Nancy Carroll [Prime Number Magazine] “The n she will turn quiet, // wrapped upside down, a locust / in tender cords of snow. “
  38. Early Rising on a Fall Morning — Grant Clauser [Philadelphia Stories] “I wish it were that simple.”
  39. Wikipedia — Gregory Sherl [Sycamore Review] “I washed up close to the last place / she slept.”
  40. Party Game [pdf pg] — Katy Waldman [Yale Literary Magazine]
  41. Senescence — Kelly Davio [Contrary]
  42. Heart — Lorraine Mariner [Magma Poetry] “Why not a plant?”
  43. Alms — Tony Lucas [Ambit]
  44. Surplice — Catherine Daly [Great Works] A friend I once knew wrote a number of poems using similar techniques, stretching her arms and legs out with the new ways that technology provided for communicating through a poem.
  45. Five poems: (1) Le Neutre; (2) To Stupidity; (3) To a Hack; (4) The Charts; and (5) To James Schuyler in Heaven — John Latta [Jacket]
  46. The Flood — Joy Harjo [Asheville Poetry Review]
  47. More reading and re-archiving from the Internet Archive: Two poems: (1) Knot; and (2) From a summer window — Fred Johnston [Electric Acorn] “To miss her on this perfect evening / Is to be without language.”
  48. My Aging Lover in My Arms, the Dharma — Jeanne Larsen [The Chronicle of Higher Education]
  49. The bus to Ramallah — Jasmine Donahaye [Guardian] “I saw, in my hurry, I’d put my shirt on inside out / and now, among men, I could not put myself right.”
  50. Dream of a sick man — David Solway [The New Criterion] Oh that wind. Or I’m told it must have been my meds. Couldn’t possibly have been anything of real significance.
  51. Among those re-read today from the stack I read and listed a month ago here: Top five food poems: (5) For a Cook — Craig Arnold; (4) Beans — Mary Oliver; (3) Oysters — Seamus Heaney; (2) Crab — Sharon Olds; and (1) Grub First, Then Ethics — W.H. Auden [E-Verse Radio] Revisiting all five today, more or less to remind me to set up a Verse Per Se set to collect food poems. No extra calories from chocolate or any other specialty eats for me today, thank you, love.
  52. A Lover’s Recourse — Jee Leong Koh [at Length] An exquisite ghazal sequence!!!
  53. Wedding Song — Bob Dylan [Bob Dylan] “I love you more than all of that with a love that doesn’t bend / And if there is eternity I’d love you there again”
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