2011 02 21

81AlmanacCharles Wolfe d.1823; Justinus Kerner d.1862; Raymond Queneau b.1903; W. H. Auden b.1907; Dorothy Auchterlonie d.1991

Reading, each both silently and aloud —

  1. Passage — Matthew James Babcock [Rattle] Few of the known moments are so celebrated.
  2. Low Tide — April Lindner [E-Verse Radio] Sensuous tidal rocking.
  3. The Kama Sutra of Kindness: Position Number 3 — Mary Mackey [The Writer’s Almanac] “there’s never going to be anything / straight or predictable”
  4. Two poems: (1) The Job; and (2) Original State — Nance Van Winckel [Poetry Daily] “It’s the moment / one feels oneself / wanting”
  5. Grass — Chris Preddle [Verse Daily] “Cows do not say, ‘It is the cause, it is the cause.'”
  6. (Zeneft) — Zackary Sholem Berger [qarrtsiluni] “Silence / is the deadest tongue.”
  7. It Could Happen to Anyone, or a Letter to the Boy — L. Lamar Wilson [No Tell Motel]
  8. His Excellency General Washington — Phillis Wheatley [Poets.org] And let’s also celebrate the holiday by re-reading poems we’ve seen this year by Lincoln and Obama.
  9. Invisible Dreams — Toi Derricotte [Poetry Foundation]
  10. In Kona, Thinking of the Elements — Elizabeth Biller Chapman [Poetry Foundation]
  11. Slant — Suji Kwock Kim [Poetry Out Loud]
  12. Late February — Ted Kooser [Poem of the Day] Previously read and heard for my February set.
  13. Beauty and Beauty — Rupert Brooke [Everyday Poems] “Veiling all that may befall / After—after—”
  14. With a Book — Ambrose Bierce [Representative Poetry Online] Poor Bob.
  15. The Clapham Elephants — P J Kavanagh [Poetry Archive] Critters in gray.
  16. Lord of My Heart’s Elation — Bliss Carman [Poetry In Voice] “To selfhood or oblivion”
  17. Catbirds, Mockingbirds, Starlings — John Donlan [Canadian Poetry Online] Uses the mimicry of the mockingbird (among others) to launch into the poem’s real theme (although then any connection to the birds and their mimicry seems lost, discarded, or stretched).
  18. Civilized Sacrifice — Walter Bargen [Black Cat Poems]
  19. An Old Song — Rose Kelleher [Lilt] And getting no younger by the second.
  20. Kiss My Villanelle — Tim Seibles [From the Fishouse] Stretched out two stanzas more than the norm (but not the farthest I’ve seen), one to add to my villanelle set.
  21. Ah! Sun-flower — William Blake; with reading by Jonah Ruskin [Poets on Poets]
  22. Modern Love: X [“But where began the change; and what’s my crime?”] — George Meredith [Wikisource] “My crime is, that the puppet of a dream, / I plotted to be worthy of the world.”
  23. Sonnets from the Portuguese: XVI [“And yet, because thou overcomest so”] — Elizabeth Barrett Browning [Wikisource] “Beloved, I at last record, / Here ends my strife.”
  24. In Memoriam A. H. H.: XX [“The lesser griefs that may be said”] — Alfred, Lord Tennyson [Wikisource] “‘How good! how kind! and he is gone.'”
  25. Sonnet LII [“So am I as the rich whose blessed key”] — William Shakespeare [EServer Poetry Collection] “Blessed are you whose worthiness gives scope, / Being had to triumph, being lacked to hope.”
  26. The Joy of the Drop: Ghazal 7 [“We never had the chance to meet our beloved”] — Mirza Ghalib — “they might call me a priest if I wasn’t a drunk”
  27. A Bequest of His Heart — Alexander Scott [The Oxford Book of English Verse]
  28. Marco Bozzaris — Fitz-Greene Halleck [Yale Book of American Verse] “‘To arms! they come! the Greek! the Greek!'”
  29. The Raven and Other Poems: Romance — Edgar Allan Poe [Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore]
  30. A Boy’s Will: The Tuft of Flowers — Robert Frost [Wikisource] “‘Men work together,’ I told him from the heart, / ‘Whether they work together or apart.'” – not a universally accepted belief.
  31. A Season in Hell — Arthur Rimbaud (translated by Bertrand Mathieu) [Poem of the Week (Sarah E. Smith)] “And Spring brought me the frightening laugh of the idiot.”
  32. They Lived Next Door to Mermaids — Stephanie Valente [Poetry 365]
  33. Sonnet: To Some Citizens of South Carolina — J. Morris [Sixty-Six] Partly to remind myself that I’ve been neglecting to bring the relevant zine readings into my sonnet set.
  34. The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna — Charles Wolfe (d.2/21/1823) [Wikisource] Which I’ll use as cornerstone for an elegy set.
  35. And let’s hear it read: The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna — Charles Wolfe [Poetry Moment]
  36. Hundred Thousand Billion Poems — Raymond Queneau (b.2/21/1903) [Beverley Charles Rowe’s website]
  37. Epitaph on a Tyrant — W. H. Auden (b.2/21/1907) [Poets.org]
  38. The Unknown Citizen — W.H. Auden [3quarksdaily] “Had anything been wrong, we should certainly / …have heard.”
  39. Their Lonely Betters — W. H. Auden [The Best American Poetry] “Words are for those with promises to keep.”
  40. Through — Ciaran Carson [The New Yorker]
  41. Making a Case for the Letter — Jim Daniels [Zone 3]
  42. Onion Metaphor — Patrick Ridge [12gauge]
  43. no — William Aarnes [Tipton Poetry Journal]
  44. Conversation with Daughter — Julia Casterton [Ambit]
  45. From honeysuckled — sean burn [Great Works]
  46. Poem sequence: Hiking Down From A Hillside Sky — Bob Arnold [Jacket]
  47. Bringing In The Sheep — Cathy Kodra [Opium Magazine] As contrasted with not so innocent an error.
  48. Hymn to the Goddess San Francisco in Paradise — Gary Snyder [Asheville Poetry Review]
  49. More reading and re-archiving from the Internet Archive: [the sky’s] — Vincent O’Brien [Electric Acorn]
  50. With Shut Eyes What My Mind Sees Does Not Belong To Me — Rob Schlegel [Leveler] “Each day, I tried to give myself / a different name.”
  51. Your Kiss — Kevin Hart [The Chronicle of Higher Education] A beautiful ghazal!
  52. The swimmer — Alexander Nemser [The New Criterion]
  53. And among those re-read today from the stack I read and listed a month ago here: Well, I Still Have My Teeth, And That’s Not Nothing — Charles Wright [Verse Daily] Thanks to my dentist.
  54. Absolutely Sweet Marie — Bob Dylan [Bob Dylan] “Well, anybody can be just like me, obviously / But then, now again, not too many can be like you, fortunately”
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