Reading: So Little Depends by Miguel-Manso
website of Poetry International. So Little Depends you prefer the corner, the hidden place the foliage, the shadow, the room, this sack of wheat: textual gold spread out on the old secretaire of the real outside the blaze of the wood the quick glazing of the fields here inside, less leeway – another panorama: simply ...
Reading: Archibald by John Betjeman
Legendary poet laureate of the UK
Reading: Project for a fainting by Brenda Shaughnessy
Brenda Dear Gonglya'. Project for a Fainting Oh, yes, the rain is sorry. Unfemale, of course, the rain is with her painted face still plain and with such pixel you’d never see it in the pure freckling, the lacquer of her. The world is lighter with her recklessness, a handkerchief so wet it is ...
Reading: Sci-Fi by Tracy K. Smith
Reading: Lucky by Tony Hoagland
Tony Hoagland (b. 1953) is a witty and acerbic poet from North Carolina. Many awards. Some great and demonically intense poems. Here goes: Lucky If you are lucky in this life, you will get to help your enemy the way I got to help my mother when she was weakened past the point of saying ...
Reading: Ode To The Walking Woman by Tishani Doshi
Tishani Doshi (b. 1975) is an Indian writer, dancer and journalist. I read a lyrical song inspired by a statuie by Alberto
Reading: In Memoriam Paul Celan by Edward Hirsch
Edward sadà that this is an unusually good In memoriam. The materiality of the words is of course Celanesque. I also see word play. Pillows where you would expect pillages. Thou where I saw dew. Hirsch describes a bright flower spectacle to convey the idea that our culture's memory of Celan will outlive us all. ...
Reading: When A Woman Loves A Man by David Lehman
David biography. I read some stuff about relationships: When A Woman Loves A Man When she says Margarita she means Daiquiri. When she says quixotic she means mercurial. And when she says, "I'll never speak to you again," she means, "Put your arms around me from behind as I stand disconsolate at the window." He's ...
Reading: Buddhist Barbie by Denise Duhamel
Denise Duhamel (b. 1961) is a poet from Rhode Island who experiments with form and subject, and engages in pop culture. Influences are Dylan Snow White's acne and
Reading: The Woods At Night by May Swenson
Anna Thilda May, "May"
Reading: Words by Dana Gioia
Dana Gioia (b. 1950) is an American poet and writer. I found her theoretical poem about Words for a friend with whom I have an ongoing conversation about language and the other of language. Words The world does not need words. It articulates itself in sunlight, leaves, and shadows. The stones on the path are no less ...
Reading: Personal Letter No. 3 by Sonia Sanchez
Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934) is a prolific African American author of twelve poetry books and lots of other stuff. Associated with the Black Arts Movement. I read a short meditation on life and love because I feel like that today: Personal Letter No. 3 nothing will keep us young you know not young men or ...
Reading: Flower by Paul Celan
Paul Celan (1920-1970) is of course the best German poet who has ever lived. I don't read the canonical 'Todesfuge' here, you can find excellent
Reading: Vulture by Robinson Jeffers