Today (Feb. 27) is the Feast Day of George Herbert in the Anglican Church…
Here are a few of our favorite poems of his:
The Sign of the Cross
John Henry Newman
All of these poems can be found in
Great Love Poems (Dover Thrift Editions)
(a 99c Bargain Kindle ebook!)
How Do I Love Thee?
We are delighted to share these poems here with you for your weekend listening pleasure…
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In remembrance of Robert Frost, we offer five lesser known poems of his that we love…
A TIME TO TALK
Reviewing Pluriverse, the most through collection of his poems in English translation, Brent Aldrich described Cardenal as “[A] man who has been, at various times, a Catholic priest, a Sandinista revolutionary, Minister of Culture, and a contemplative after living as a novitiate under Thomas Merton.” [ This review is a great intro to Cardenal’s work! ]
In honor of Cardenal’s 90th birthday, we offer three videos that together offer a nice introduction to his poetry. The first video is a PBS interview, the second two videos are of him reading poems.
*** One of our New Book Releases to Watch for this week!
“The fact of the matter is that most of us have a really bad time with poetry. For most of us, it begins in high school, if not earlier. “
Here is a poem of uncertain medieval origin for the occasion.
(This version in modern English is from The Oxford Book of Ballads, Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed., 1910)
SAINT STEPHEN was a clerk
In King Herod’s hall,
And servéd him of bread and cloth
As every king befall.
If you struggle to read poetry, I recommend checking out this little essay I wrote on why poetry is important.
This week’s collection of poems is: