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Not Waving but Drowning

This poem reminds me to pay attention to what is said and unsaid. For those who are thrashing in the deep… by Stevie Smith Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning: I was much further out … Continue reading

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The Peace of Wild Things

I’ve loved this poem for a long, long time, and I offer it here for all those who struggle to entrust their loved ones to Grace. by Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake … Continue reading

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Keeping Things Whole

One of my lovely bibliophile friends introduced me to this poem just a few days ago. I think I’ll add it to my favorites. by Mark Strand In a field I am the absence of field. This is always the … Continue reading

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by Gwendolyn Brooks Oh mother, mother, where is happiness? They took my lover’s tallness off to war, Left me lamenting. Now I cannot guess What I can use an empty heart-cup for. He won’t be coming back here any more. … Continue reading

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by Paul Laurence Dunbar I know what the caged bird feels, alas!     When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, And the river flows like a stream of glass; … Continue reading

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My Papa’s Waltz

By Theodore Roethke The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not easy.   We romped until the pans Slid from the kitchen shelf; My mother’s countenance Could … Continue reading

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Reviving Poetry

T. S. Eliot says that “April is the cruelest month….” Perhaps that’s why the powers that be designated April as National Poetry Month. Poetry can, indeed, be cruel when you’re in high school trying to make sense of it. Or … Continue reading

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