Oh, you want praise and recognition and above all money. But if that was your true motive, you would have done something else. All this fame and honor is a very nice thing, as long as you don't believe it. - Howard Nemerov
Reading: Jane by Howard Moss
American poet, dramatist and critic
porn is the betrayed idyll that came looking for itself
I fell in love three times
A few months ago, in a period of soul-searching that can happen to the best of us, I fell in love three times. I try to be a faithful poetic observer and report to you how exactly that happened. Why did we break up? Was I getting bored? Was I eventually overtaken by fate, that ...
Reading: Another Species by Peter Kane Dufault
American poet Peter Kane Mauritius Kestrel (Falcon punctatus) was nearly extinct fifty years ago but its population but recently, its numbers have soared. Dufault is talking about the American Kestrel, whose numbers are down by 66% compared to 2016 according to a
Simple focus exercise
Type one thing and say something else. For example, type the word 'blue' while you say 'red'. You can almost feel how your brain is creating new neuronal connections when you do this.
A Meditation on power
Find a comfortable place to sit. Be aware of your posture. Is your back straight, are your knees below your waist? Breathe in calmly and deeply. Focus on the phenomenon of power. When have you experienced power over another living being or another living being exercising power over you? How did it feel? Is the ...
Reading: The Ghost In The Martini by Antony Evan Hecht
Anthony Evan Hecht (1923-2004) was born in New York. His parents hated his ambition to become a poet. He fought in WW II and was traumatized by te horrific accounts of the French prisoners of Flossenburg, the concentration camp his division liberated, leading to a nervous breakdown in 1959. I read soemthing light today, it's ...
Reading: Morning Song by Sylvia Plath
The poetry of Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) never fails to impress. Lazarus and Daddy are household names in poetics, and the entire book Ariel counts as a masterpiece. Here I read 'Morning song' and, as usual, give an interpretation that is deliberately not informed, or impaired by too much theoretical study. Morning song Love set you ...
Reading: Mother by L.E. Sissman
L.E. Sissman (1928-1976) was a child prodigy who won the National Spelling Bee. He had a typical American middle class career in a time when that was still possible, but he also had the calling of a poet. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins' disease in the late sixties, which inspired him to write prolifically: I. ...
Reading: To You by Kenneth Koch
New York School poet Kenneth Koch (1925-2002) was called "the funniest serious poet we have". His engaged poetry is often funny, but Koch is serious about his craft. He also wrote short satirical plays and worked very successfully with children. I read a love poem, "To You". To You I love you as a sheriff searches for ...
the | is an illusion: let's create a couple also, let's write some lines to pass the test of time illusion me with your eyes and we will always be in the prime of our lives
Reading: Peaches by Peter Davison
Today I read a playful and fruity poem by American poet
Reading: I am 25 by Gregory Corso
Beat poet Gregory
Reading: Tamer and Hawk by Thom Gunn
Thom Gunn (1929-2004), another much-honored poet, who started out using iambic pentameter, borne out of an ambition to be the John Donne of the twentieth century, writing about topics such as LSD, Hell's angels or queer culture. Later, he wrote no less heart-felt poetry in freer forms. For him, "Writing poetry has in fact become ...
Reading: Dead Animals by John Hollander
The American poet John borrow online. Some say that his poems lack personal engagement, that the emotion is never the author's (which, following Eliot, it shouldn't be). Here I read a short verse that gives you some impression of Hollander's craft: Dead Animals Granted, then, that the punishment, -Whether appropriate or not-for that One tiny ...
Reading: Murphy in Manchester by John Montague
John Montague (1929-2016), a friend of Samuel Beckett, connected the English and Irish tradition like no other. This is captured in the short poem with the resounding title 'Murphy in Manchester': Murphy in Manchester He wakes to a confused dream of boats, gulls, And all his new present floats Suddenly up to him on rocking ...
Reading: What Kind Of Times Are These by Arienne Rich
A very popular public poet, Arienne Rich (1929-2012) was also a leading feminist activist. Her poetry career stretches many decades and she was awarded many prizes. Her book 'Diving into the Wreck' is probably her most well-known publication. She is a kindred soul, who told us that "perhaps just such a passionate skepticism, neither cynical ...