Archives For *Poetry*

 

Anna Akhmatova

Today is the birthday of poet Anna Akhmatova, born 1889.

A poem from

Akhmatova (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets)
Hardback: Everyman’s Library, 2006.
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Adam Zagajewski

Tomorrow, June 21, is the birthday of poet Adam Zagajewski.

*** Books By Adam Zagajewski

Listen to him reading four poems:

[ The Beauty Created by Others | Blackened River |
My Self-Portrait | Ravenna ]

*** Two other poems read by Zagajewski
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Gwendolyn Brooks

Tomorrow, June 7, is the birthday of the poet Gwendolyn Brooks.  Here are two of my favorite poems of hers:

*** Tomorrow is also the birthday of Nikki Giovanni.
***Read her poem: The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr

Two extraordinary African-American women poets both born on the same day!!!

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Walt Whitman 1872

Tomorrow, May 31, is the birthday of Walt Whitman, born 1819…

I just encountered this recording of Walt Whitman’s poem “America” that is supposed to be read by Whitman himself in 1890.
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I read this beautiful poem at our church service at Englewood yesterday.

(Indianapolis folks: We will be hosting an event with Tania Runyan on this Thursday evening, May 22.  You won’t want to miss it!)

 

Blessed Are The Merciful
Tania Runyan

Amish schoolhouse shooting, Nickel Mines, PA

 

 

I didn’t trust their forgiveness.

Before the blood cooled on the schoolhouse floor
they held the killer’s widow in their arms,

raised money for his children,
lined his grave site with a row of patient horses.

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The Antigone PoemsThese Poems Bleed

A Review of

The Antigone Poems
Marie Slaight and Terrence Tasker

Paperback: Ataire Publications, 2014.
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Rowan Williams describes what he believes to be the essential movement of a poet.  It begins with engagement with the world that leads to protest as a reaction to the condition of humans.  From the experience of protest comes disillusionment with language and its power.  Disillusionment gives way to silence.  From silence the poet returns, ironically, to language and thus to a kind of grace because “the return to language requires an act of faith; and an acceptance of the probability of failure.  It is, as such, an exercise in radical humility and an expression of the hope of ‘grace’, communication surviving the perils of words.”  For Williams, the timbre of poetry should be shot through with irony, desperation, and prayer.[1]
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Scott CairnsI discovered this video this morning… and thought it would be fitting to share as a close to National Poetry Month.

Scott Cairns’s most recent book is IDIOT PSALMS (Paraclete Press).

It was reviewed in our latest print issue

The two poems read here are:

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Easter

Enjoy these seven classic poems for the Easter Weekend…

The More Earnest Prayer of Christ

Scott Cairns

[found in Upholding Mystery: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Poetry ]

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Robert Frost

Today is the birthday of Robert Frost!
In honor of this occasion, we offer the ebooks and audiobooks of his poetry that are available for FREE:

 

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A Boy’s Will: Poems

by Robert Frost

Alt.Kindle, Nook and other versions
available via Project Gutenberg

Frost’s first collection of poems, originally published in 1913

The Complete Poems of Robert Frost

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Billy Collins

Tomorrow (March 22) is the birthday of former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins…

Here are five wonderful poems of his from the last decade…

Books by Billy Collins

From his newly re-released volume The Apple That Astonished Paris:

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