‘The art of losing isn’t hard to master.’ Perseverance, humility, cleverness. My favorite villanelle. “ONE ART” by Elizabeth Bishop
“About suffering, they are never wrong/the Old Masters”. Normal people, the Fall of Icarus. “MUSEE DES BEAUX ARTS” by W. H. Auden.
Always substance and increase, always sex. Always a knit of identity.” SONG OF MYSELF by Walt Whitman
17th Century Fav. After death, unread and dismissed for hundreds of years. Been back since 1919! “Second Anniversary” by John Donne
Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.” You’ll never forget Henry after reading these. 77 DREAM SONGS by John Berryman.
we need the opportunity to dance with really exquisite strangers”. Slow Dance is my favorite from ALL-AMERICAN POEM by Matthew Dickman.
Wrote her first poem at 6, an epic poem at 12. Part Creole, spoke Hebrew. SONNETS FROM PORTUGUESE by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.