Tagged: Poetry

Lit rec #263: Only Surpassed by Shakespeare in his time (1599).

Some 16th century magic. Thanks to HOL for reminding me of this one. “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe.




Lit rec #257: “So always there is a small remnant/ Whose lives are congruent with their souls/ And who ever afterward know no mystery in it,/ The cimmerian moment in which all lives, all destinies/ And incompleted destinies were swamped/ As though by a giant wave that picks itself up/ Out of a calm sea and retreats again into nowhere/ Once its damage is done” (1985).

A great long poem. “So all the slightly more than young/ Get moved up whether they like it or not”. “A WAVE” by John Ashbery RIP



Lit rec #244: “Love is the bone and sinew of my curse” (1960).

“I open my lunch on a hill of black cypress/Your fluted bones and acanthine hair are littered” Eternal,raw. THE COLOSSUS by Sylvia Plath



Lit rec #243: One of my favorite calligrams (1918).

A poet who likes “a pretty industrial street” is a man after my own heart. read a calligramme “IT’S RAINING” by Guilliaume Apollinaire



Lit rec #234: “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. …live in the question.” (1934)

If you tote one book to read when you have a spare moment during your busy day, this is it. LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET by Rainer Maria Rilke

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Lit rec #227: The Most Important Rebuke to Adorno’s There Can Be No More Poetry After the Holocaust (1948)

Black milk of morning we drink you at dusktime/we drink you at noontime and dawntime we drink you at night. “DEATH FUGUE” by Paul Celan



Lit rec #223: Before the poetry, a sad tragic childhood (1950s).

‘The art of losing isn’t hard to master.’ Perseverance, humility, cleverness. My favorite villanelle. “ONE ART” by Elizabeth Bishop

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