2011 02 28

90AlmanacJohn Morgan d.1733; Berthold Auerbach b.1812; Arthur Symons b.1865; Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov b.1866; Alphonse de Lamartine d.1869; Stephen Spender b.1909; Virginia Hamilton Adair b.1913; Edmund John d.1917; John Montague b.1929; F. S. Flint d.1960; Gérald Neveu d.1960

And since it may be years before I catch up far enough to record my reading for a February 29, let’s catch the leap day almanac entries here: John Byrom b.1692; Howard Nemerov b.1920; Ina Coolbrith d.1928; Marin Sorescu b.1936; Tore Ørjasæter d.1968; Ruth Pitter d.1992

“A limited number of free copies of the April 2011 issue of Poetry will be given to reading groups that request them by February 20.” — flip side of mailing address insert to the March 2011 issue of Poetry, received on February 28 . . . retroactively generous of them.

Leaps and Landscapes Entered by Reading, each both silently and aloud —

  1. The Kalevala: The First Vainamoinen Cycle — Proem — Elias Lönnrot (translated by John Martin Crawford) [Wikisource] “Shall I bring these songs together / From the cold and frost collect them?” Yes, always.
  2. Via a recommendation in a comment (thanks), The Far Field — Theodore Roethke [Theodore Roethke] Which I’ll remember to the zoo subset of my collection of animal poems.
  3. Leap Year Poem — Mother Goose [Poetry Foundation]
  4. Spring Melt — Katherine Bode-Lang [Rattle] Added to my spring set.
  5. Two Songs for Hedli Anderson — W. H. Auden [End of Life] “For nothing now can ever come to any good.”
  6. Rooms Change When We Argue — Russell Bradbury-Carlin [Rattle] And it doesn’t help to go outside for a walk, either. The changes are good at keeping chase.
  7. From the vault: Blandeur — Kay Ryan [E-Verse Radio] Umm, as long as they don’t blanden the poetry.
  8. You and I — Jonathan Potter [The Writer’s Almanac] “And I am the discoverer of you.” Or the other way around.
  9. Splitting Ice — Kay Ryan [Poetry Daily] — “one / foot will lift / and the split / resolve.”
  10. The Point of a Ship in a Bottle is the Bottle — Martin Arnold [Verse Daily] “Who would we become without / everything that’s held against us?” Isn’t that all there will ever be?
  11. From recent past: A bird makes a crowd flaccid — June Nandy [qarrtsiluni] Added to the birds subset of my collection of animal poems.
  12. (Curse) — Cindy St. John [No Tell Motel] “man-snake-hand-neck / neck-hand-snake-man”
  13. The Moon in Time Lapse — David Rivard [Poets.org] “I have to stop to touch my life & see if it’s real.” OK. Keep touching.
  14. I Left My Head — Lilian Moore [Poetry Foundation] “Everything I need / is / in it!” Along with a lot of stuff I want.
  15. The Operation — Anne Sexton [Poetry Foundation] “I nod, thinking that woman’s dying / must come in seasons, / thinking that living is worth buying.” Easy to think so, sometimes.
  16. Sad Boy’s Sad Boy — Charles Bernstein [Poetry Out Loud] Although skipping a rep at the end, this one clearly belongs in my villanelle set, if but for the smile aimed at one of my faves in that collection.
  17. A Simple Ontology — Jim Culleny [3quarksdaily] “For all I know Descartes may have had it right…” Or maybe one too many mornings, and?
  18. Dog Music — Paul Zimmer [Poem of the Day] I have one named Dylan who sings like … Zimmerman?
  19. The Dance at the Pheoenix — Thomas Hardy [Everyday Poems] “She felt she could have given her life / To be the single-hearted wife / That she had been erstwhile.”
  20. The Nights Remember — Sara Teasdale [Poetry Moment] “The days remember and the nights remember / The kingly hours that once you made so great”
  21. The Divine Image — William Blake [Representative Poetry Online] “”To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love / All pray in their distress””
  22. Animals — John Burnside [Poetry Archive] “They say, if you dream an animal, it means // ‘the self'”
  23. My Grandmother’s Love Letters — Isabella Valancy Crawford [Poetry In Voice]
  24. Snow — Edward Gates [Canadian Poetry Online] “Snow concentrates weeks into hours…”
  25. Geology Made Easy — Katharine Lee Bates [Black Cat Poems] “I had a headache, the effect / Of much carbonic acid.”
  26. Conestoga Bark — Tim Murphy [Lilt]
  27. Lion — Jericho Brown [From the Fishouse] I’d read this here earlier this month and already have it in my critters set, but this reading adds audio.
  28. To A Skylark — Percy Bysshe Shelley; with reading by Rae Armantrout [Poets on Poets] A key addition to my birds set. “The world should listen then, as I am listening now.”
  29. Modern Love: XVII [“At dinner, she is hostess, I am host.”] — George Meredith [Wikisource] “Dear guests, you now have seen Love’s corpse-light shine.”
  30. Sonnets from the Portuguese: XXIII [“Is it indeed so? If I lay here dead”] — Elizabeth Barrett Browning [Wikisource] “Then my soul, instead / Of dreams of death, resumes life’s lower range.”
  31. In Memoriam A. H. H.: XXVII [“I envy not in any moods”] — Alfred, Lord Tennyson [Wikisource] “‘Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all.”
  32. Sonnet LIX [“If there be nothing new, but that which is”] — William Shakespeare [EServer Poetry Collection]
  33. The Joy of the Drop: Ghazal 14 [“Wings are like dust for the winds to carry”] — Mirza Ghalib (translated by Jim Yagmin) – “Now these words are I know are a simple pastime”
  34. When Flora had O’erfret the Firth — [Anonymous] [The Oxford Book of English Verse]
  35. Hour of Peaceful Rest — William Bingham Tappan [Yale Book of American Verse]
  36. A Boy’s Will: My Butterfly — Robert Frost [Wikisource]
  37. Paula Becker to Clara Westhoff — Adrienne Rich [Poem of the Week (Sarah E. Smith)] “They say a pregnant woman / dreams her own death. But life and death / take one another’s hands.”
  38. You Have What I Look For — Jamie Sabines [Poetry 365] “And for this I am at your door, waiting.”
  39. Sonnet: Sonnet — Todd Swift [Poetry Foundation] “These are my children / In my head. Unbegotten.”
  40. Exploring: [I eat chocolate and look at the clouds from bed] — Dean Gorman [Ink Node] “the more its mystery is / full, thundering gently, and cruelly autonomous.”
  41. Three poems: (1) September, the First Day of School; (2) To the Governor and Legislature of Massachusetts; and (3) Gyroscope — Howard Nemerov (b.2/29/1920) [Poets of Cambridge, USA] “Like any red-celled American boy ought to done / Long ago in the first place, just to keep in practice.”
  42. The Paw of a Cat — Kay Ryan [The New Yorker] That trickle of Sandburg feels almost the same.
  43. View from Staten Island Ferry — Charlie Bondhus [Pecan Grove Press]
  44. Arcadia — M. B. McLatchey [Cider Press Review] “What clarity it brings // about the mind’s cool refusal / to over-script the heart’s sense of time; // about the body’s urge to live its life.”
  45. Mid-Life Asceticism — Ralph Black [The Manchester Review] “As for sorrow and anger, I’ve booted / those old oaths halfway down / the basement steps”
  46. Forerunner — Robert Bohm [Caffeine Destiny] “Having found the right vocabulary, he didn’t / live to use it.”
  47. From the vault: Innuit Poems — Alexis Rotella [Praxilla] “When words start / to run away with them, / they feed them / to their dogs.”
  48. From the vault: Two poems: (1) Recycling Mom; and (2) Guilt — John Yarbrough [Verse]
  49. Crossover — Jonathan Asser [Magma] “The switched-off danger in his thoughts returns.”
  50. Beth — Susan Adams [Great Works]
  51. Three poems: (1) Silliman Pass Song; (2) Surprises; and (3) The Contestant — Norman Fischer [Jacket]
  52. Advice on Adultery — Gwyneth Lewis [Asheville Poetry Review] “Talk to the women, and avoid the men.”
  53. More reading and re-archiving from the Internet Archive: April — Charles Travis [Electric Acorn]
  54. In Defense of Pain — Meghan O’Rourke [The Chronicle of Higher Education] “Does that mean you won’t / come here anymore?”
  55. Ku Li — Robin Hyde [Guardian]
  56. From the February 2010 issue: First date — Callie Siskel [The New Criterion] “Does this seem / like a stretch, / that our minds incline // toward moments / that are self-contained?”
  57. From the vault: The Most Boring Man — Jim Cummins [The Best American Poetry] “I am the most boring / now and it only took / learning how to share.”
  58. The Interior Weather of Tree-Clinging Birds (poem text) — Sandy Longhorn; with separate readings by Sandy Longhorn, by Mary Rose Betten, and by Nic Sebastian [Whale Sound]
  59. And among those re-read today from the stack I read and listed a month ago here: You with the Crack Running Through You — Kim Addonizio [Poem of the Day]
  60. Is Your Love In Vain? — Bob Dylan [Bob Dylan] “Do you need me half as bad as you say, or are you just feeling guilt?”
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