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Poem of the Week 10-24-11

Returning, We Hear the Larks By Isaac Rosenberg Sombre the night is. And though we have our lives, we know What sinister threat lies there. Dragging these anguished limbs, we only know This poison-blasted track opens on our camp – On a little safe sleep. But hark! joy – joy – strange joy. Lo! heights […]

October 25th, 2011 | Posted in Poem of the Week | Read More »

Poem Of The Week 10-18-11

Bound for your distant home By Alexander Pushkin Bound for your distant home you were leaving alien lands. In an hour as sad as I’ve known I wept over your hands. My hands were numb and cold, still trying to restrain you, whom my hurt told never to end this pain. But you snatched your […]

October 18th, 2011 | Posted in Poem of the Week | Read More »

Poem of the Week 9-19-11

Root Cellar By Theodore Roethke Nothing would sleep in that cellar, dank as a ditch, Bulbs broke out of boxes hunting for chinks in the dark, Shoots dangled and drooped, Lolling obscenely from mildewed crates, Hung down long yellow evil necks, like tropical snakes. And what a congress of stinks! Roots ripe as old bait, […]

September 20th, 2011 | Posted in Poem of the Week | Read More »

Poem of the Week 9-12-11

If I Ran the Zoo By Dr Seuss “And then, just to show them, I’ll sail to Ka-Troo And Bring Back an IT-KUTCH a PREEP and a PROO a NERKLE a NERD and a SEERSUCKER, too” “It’s a pretty good zoo,” said young Gerald McGrew, “and the fellow who runs it seems proud of it, […]

September 13th, 2011 | Posted in Poem of the Week | Read More »

Poem of the Week 9-6-11

Peace XVIII By Kahlil Gibran The tempest calmed after bending the branches of the trees and leaning heavily upon the grain in the field. The stars appeared as broken remnants of lightning, but now silence prevailed over all, as if Nature’s war had never been fought. At that hour a young woman entered her chamber […]

September 7th, 2011 | Posted in Poem of the Week | Read More »

Poem of the Week 8-22-11

A Dream of Trees By Mary Oliver There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees, A quiet house, some green and modest acres A little way from every troubling town, A little way from factories, schools, laments. I would have time, I thought, and time to spare, With only streams and birds for […]

August 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Poem of the Week | Read More »

Poem of the Week 8-15-11

By the Lake By Tu Fu The old fellow from Shao-ling weeps with stifled sobs as he walks furtively by the bends of the Sepentine on a day in spring. In the waterside palaces the thousands of doors are locked. For whom have the willows and rushed put on their fresh greenery? I remember how […]

August 15th, 2011 | Posted in Poem of the Week | Read More »

Poem of the Week 8-9-11

A Fit of Rhyme Against Rhyme By Ben Jonson Rhyme, the rack of finest wits, That expresseth but by fits True conceit, Spoiling senses of their treasure, Cozening judgment with a measure, But false weight; Wresting words from their true calling, Propping verse for fear of falling To the ground; Jointing syllabes, drowning letters, Fast’ning […]

August 9th, 2011 | Posted in Poem of the Week | Read More »

Poem of the Week 8-1-11

Pure Imagination By Roald Dahl Come with me and you’ll be In a world of pure imagination Take a look and you’ll see Into your imagination We’ll begin with a spin Trav’ling in the world of my creation What we’ll see will defy Explanation? If you want to view paradise Simply look around and view […]

August 1st, 2011 | Posted in Poem of the Week | Read More »

Poem of the Week 7-18-11

Some Like Poetry By Wislawa Szymborska Write it. Write. In ordinary ink on ordinary paper: they were given no food, they all died of hunger. “All. How many? It’s a big meadow. How much grass for each one?” Write: I don’t know. History counts its skeletons in round numbers. A thousand and one remains a […]

July 19th, 2011 | Posted in Poem of the Week | Read More »

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