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Liberty Hyde Bailey

Tomorrow (March 15) is the birthday of one of my favorite poets, Liberty Hyde Bailey.

Bailey was one of the most prominent American botanists and horticulturalists of the early twentieth century.  He was also an agrarian writer and one of the fathers of the Country Life Movement, and yes, also a nature poet.

Here you can read some of his poems that have been posted on our site over the last 6 years:



of Bailey’s classic book THE HOLY EARTH

Here is the introduction to the newest edition of Bailey’s main collection of poems WIND AND WEATHER, in which I argue why Bailey’s voice is an important one for our times…

“The Prophetic Power of Poetry”

An Introduction to
Wind and Weather.
by Liberty Hyde Bailey.

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W.H. Auden

Today is the birthday of W.H. Auden, and in honor of the occasion, we offer recordings of him reading five poems.

W.H. Auden: Collected Poems

One Evening   |  In Memory of W.B. YeatsNo Change of Place
A Walk After Dark   |   In Praise of Limestone

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Pablo Neruda

For Valentine’s Day…

Four Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda from the collection:

100 Love Sonnets

Paperback: U of Texas Press, 1986
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Books by Neruda

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Alice Walker Reading Poems.

February 7, 2014 — 1 Comment


Alice Walker

Sunday February 9th marks the 70th birthday of poet Alice Walker…

We honor the occasion with four videos of her reading poems:

Poetry Books by Alice Walker ]

“I will Keep Broken Things”

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Thomas Merton

Today is the Birthday of Thomas Merton…

In remembrance, here is an appropriate winter poem from the collection

In the Dark Before Dawn:
New Selected Poems of Thomas Merton

Paperback: New Directions, 2005
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Vol. 2 of Merton’s Journals
Entering the Silence is only 99c for Kindle!
(Limited Time offer…)

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Robert Burns

January 25 marks the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns.

We honor the occasion with three fitting winter poems from him…

Winter: A Dirge

Robert Burns

Books by Robert Burns

The wintry west extends his blast,
And hail and rain does blaw;
Or the stormy north sends driving forth
The blinding sleet and snaw:
While, tumbling brown, the burn comes down,
And roars frae bank to brae;
And bird and beast in covert rest,
And pass the heartless day.

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Three Snow Poems

January 17, 2014 — Leave a comment


Three snow poems

Three Snow Poems
Emily Dickinson / Robert Frost / William Carlos Williams

Amazon ImagePoems found in

The Four Seasons: Poems
J.D. McClatchy, Editor
Hardback: Everyman’s Library, 2008
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[ 15 Poetry Classics Available as FREE ebooks ]


It sifts from Leaden Sieves
Emily Dickinson

[ Found in The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ]

It sifts from Leaden Sieves –
It powders all the Wood –
It fills with Alabaster Wool
The Wrinkles of the Road.
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Liberty Hyde Bailey

A poem from

Wind And Weather: Poems

Liberty Hyde Bailey

Doulos Christou Press, 2008.
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[ Read ERB Editor Chris Smith's intro to this collection of poems ]


Liberty Hyde Bailey


With windy haste and wild halloo the sheeting snow comes down

And drives itself through bush and swale and leagues of stubble brown.


Blessings on the waiting fields when the sheeting snow comes down.

Image Credit: Aaron Klinefelter
(Taken in one of the Englewood Community Gardens)



T.S. EliotJanuary 4th marks the anniversary of the death of T.S. Eliot.

In remembrance of the poet, we offer this recording of him reading his poem The Waste Land.

The Waste Land is available as FREE Kindle ebook
or is available in bargain print editions like this one.
“The Waste Land” is a long poem written by T.S. Eliot. It is widely regarded as “one of the most important poems of the 20th century” and a central text in Modernist poetry. Published in 1922, the 434-line poem first appeared in the U.K. in the October issue of The Criterion and in the U.S. in the November issue of The Dial. It was published in book form in December 1922.

The poem’s structure is divided into five sections. The first section, titled The Burial of the Dead introduces the diverse themes of disillusionment and despair. The second, titled A Game of Chess employs vignettes of several characters—alternating narrations—that address those themes experientially. The Fire Sermon, the third section, offers a philosophical meditation in relation to the imagery of death and views of self-denial in juxtaposition influenced by Augustine of Hippo and eastern religions. After a fourth section that includes a brief lyrical petition, the culminating fifth section, What the Thunder Said concludes with an image of judgment. (Wikipedia)
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New Year's Day

Happy New Year’s Day!
Enjoy these three poems for the holiday…

Here’s to health and peace in 2014 for you and yours…


The Old Year
by John Clare

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