Archives For *Poetry*


Dylan Thomas

Today marks the centennial of the birth of the renowned Welsh poet Dylan Thomas

In commemoration, we offer this wonderful essay by the poet on why he writes poetry.  This essay can be found in:

The Poems of Dylan Thomas

Hardback: New Directions, 2003
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Notes on the Art of Poetry
Dylan Thomas

“The joy and function of poetry is, and was, the celebration of man, which is also the celebration of God.”
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Denise Levertov

Today is the birthday of the late poet Denise Levertov…
In remembrance, we offer seven of her classic poems.

*** Collections of Poems by Denise Levertov

“A Common Ground”

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Marjorie Maddox

This is a new weekly feature where we highlight 3 poems from a recent collection of poetry.

If you struggle to read poetry, I recommend checking out this little essay I wrote on why poetry is important.

“Like a rich and carefully crafted dessert, one must savor a poem in order to enjoy it fully—its images, its context, its sounds. A good poem is hospitable, inviting us to sit for awhile and enter into a conversation. Poetry, however, does not come naturally for us in our times; it is a discipline to which we must commit ourselves.”

This week’s collection of  poems is the excellent and challenging:

Local News from Someplace Else

Marjorie Maddox

Paperback:  Wipf and Stock, 2013
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Poem #1: Local News from Someplace Else

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George MacDonald

This week marked the anniversary of the death of George MacDonald, a noted Scottish novelist of the 19th century, whose work influenced C.S. Lewis, W.H. Auden and others.

MacDonald was also a poet.  Here are three excellent poems from his collection A Hidden Life and Other Poems.
(This book is available as a FREE ebook for Kindle and other devices…)
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Seamus Heaney

This weekend marks the first anniversary of the death of poet Seamus Heaney…

We offer in remembrance, this collection of videos of him reading his poetry!

*** Books by Seamus Heaney ***

Hope you enjoy these recordings!

#10 – Digging

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

July 28 marks the birthday of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Reverend Father Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889) was an English poet, Roman Catholic convert, and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets. His experimental explorations in prosody (especially sprung rhythm) and his use of imagery established him as a daring innovator in a period of largely traditional verse. (Wikipedia).

The primary collection of Hopkins’s poems
is available as a FREE ebook:

Download now for Kindle  – OR- Various formats via Proj. Gutenberg


Here are 5 of my favorite of Hopkins’s poems:


God’s Grandeur

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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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