Thursday, April 14, 2016

poems for April 13-14

Robert Graves is said to have remarked that there are only three themes for poetry—love, death, and the changing of the seasons...

(link to an article of Spring Poetry, from Poetry Magazine March 29, 2016)

Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Stricken by Jan Beatty
The Poem You Asked For by Larry Patrick Levis
Lost in the Milky Way by Linda Hogan
Daylight Saving Time Flies Like an Instagram of a Weasel Riding a Woodpecker & You Feel Everything Will Be Alright by Regie Cabico
Route Six by Stanley Kunitz
A Winter Morning by Edward Hirsch

Two poems by Ted Kooser: Weather Central; How to Foretell a Change in the Weather

We had a wonderful romp — starting with Hopkins Sprung rhythm; reading “Stricken” like a play, with one voice for the italics; chuckling at the Levis — both a clever “Ars Poetica” but a way of looking at process and how we live life; the American Indian “in-tuneness with nature” of Linda Hogan; the quality of Ginsberg’s “Howl” in the openly gay Filipino, Regie Cabico, the killer last line of the Kunitz and moving into “weather” with the two Koosers. The second one only has 2 sentences, and the feeling is, no matter how hard you try to explain and predict weather, even when you think you’ve covered every base… it’s no guarantee…

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