Today is the birthday of poet Anna Akhmatova, born 1889.
A poem from
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!!!
I just encountered this recording of Walt Whitman’s poem “America” that is supposed to be read by Whitman himself in 1890.
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!)
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.
A Review of
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.
It was reviewed in our latest print issue…
The two poems read here are:
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by Robert Frost
Frost’s first collection of poems, originally published in 1913