Archives For *Poetry*



This poem, written in the wake of 9/11, is a striking read in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Thanks to Cynthia Wallace for bringing it to my attention!
This poem can be found in the collection of the same name:

The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004
Adrienne Rich

Paperback: Norton, 2006
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As we are now well-entrenched in November, here are eight classic poems about this autumn month…

Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Adrienne Rich, Gwendolyn Brooks, and MORE….


How Happy I Was If I Could Forget
Emily Dickinson

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This week marked the birthday of poet Sylvia Plath (b. 10/27/1932).

In honor of the occasion, here are some excellent recordings of her reading her poems…

The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath

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from the record Sylvia Plath Reading her Poetry
(Side 1)

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Three poems from the brand new collection

These Intricacies: Poems

Dave Harrity

Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2015
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Poem #1: Contemplating the Egg

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Gregory Pardlo won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

for his collection:

Digest: Poems

Paperback: Four Way Press, 2014
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Here are four video clips of him reading his work:
(and two brief interviews with him)

1) Several poems from event at Texas A & M:





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Tomorrow (Sept. 26) marks the birthday of poet and critic T.S. Eliot.

In honor of the occasion, we offer four classic books of his that are available for FREE download in a variety of formats for almost any e-reader…

[ LISTEN to Eliot reading his poem The Waste Land ]


FREE Book #1:

The Waste Land

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Today is the Feast of St. Augustine.  

In honor of the occasion, here are three poems by the saint from Hippo.

*** You might also enjoy Longfellow’s poem
The Ladder of St. Augustine.

In Praise of Dancing
St. Augustine

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El_Greco_-_St._BartholomewToday is the Feast of
St. Bartholomew…

Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He has been identified with Nathanael (alternatively spelled Nathaniel), who appears in the Gospel according to John as being introduced to Christ by Philip (who would also become an apostle),[Jn 1:43-51] although most modern commentators reject the identification of Nathanael with Bartholomew. (via Wikipedia)


Saint Bartholomew the Apostle
by Edward Henry,
Bishop of Exeter Bickersteth

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Tomorrow (Aug. 15) is the birthday of E. Nesbit, writer of delightful children’s stories, born 1858.

Nesbit is one of the lesser-known influences on C.S. Lewis’s Narnia:
“Lewis was deeply indebted to E. Nesbit, not only in matters of plot, character and image, but even in small details of phrasing. When he set out to write his Chronicles of Narnia, he though of them as being Nesbit books: as belonging to a type or genre practised by E. Nesbit. In many respects the Narnia books begin where the Nesbit books leave off: The Magician’s Nephew, the first of the series, begins with an allusion to Nesbit.”     – Mervyn Nicholson, “What C.S. Lewis took from E. Nesbit


*** BEST FREE ebooks by E. Nesbit ***


E. Nesbit

I FOUND a starving cat in the street:
   It cried for food and a place by the fire.
I carried it home, and I strove to meet
   The claims of its desire.
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How to Know the Wild Animals
Carolyn Wells

If ever you should go by chance
To jungles in the East,
And if there should to you advance
A large and tawny beast–
If he roar at you as you’re dyin’,
You’ll know it is the Asian Lion.
If, when in India loafing round,
A noble wild beast meets you,
With dark stripes on a yellow ground,
Just notice if he eats you.
This simple rule may help you learn
The Bengal Tiger to discern.

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