Poems


"Wild Geese" - Mary Oliver
This poem is a comfort.  Meanwhile the world goes on.
http://peacefulrivers.homestead.com/maryoliver.html#anchor_14792

"Desiderata" - attributed to Max Ehrman
You grow up hearing a lot of "No!"  This poem offers the opposite.
This site also offers the real story on the history of the poem.
http://www.cs.cornell.edu/people/adg/html/desiderata.html

"The Journey" - Mary Oliver
In the end, if you don't save your own life ... who will?
http://peacefulrivers.homestead.com/MaryOliver.html

"Song" - Adrienne Rich
I love the final image of the boat, which does not merely have 
the 
potential, but a true "gift" for burning.
http://www.southerncrossreview.org/41/rich.htm

"Having It Out With Melancholy" - Jane Kenyon
This beautifully describes depression, without savaging or 
romanticizing the experience of the disease.
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15920

"Not Waving But Drowning" - Stevie Smith
Ah, ain't defense mechanisms great?
http://www.palace.net/~llama/poetry/drowning

"Eating Poetry" - Mark Strand
http://www.palace.net/~llama/poetry/strand1

"In A Classroom" - Adrienne Rich
http://www.palace.net/~llama/poetry/classroom

"Burn Center" - Sharon Olds
I am awed at Olds' ability to manipulate my emotions with the 
language of this poem.    Scroll down for it, it's worth it.
www.cmps.edu/pdf/SharonOldsPoetry.pdf

"There is Some Kiss We Want" - Rumi
This 12th century poet is astounding.
http://www.worldprayers.org/archive/prayers/celebrations/there_is_some_kiss.html

"Gretel in Darkness" - Louise Gluck
Fairy tales ... they're dark stuff.
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/gretel-in-darkness/

"Purgatory" - Maxine Kumin
Ever wonder about alternative endings to Romeo and Juliet?
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15651

"Variation on the Word 'Sleep'" - Margaret Atwood
The two last lines
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16221

"The Fish" - Elizabeth Bishop
http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/virtualit/poetry/fish_elements.html

"Private Eye Lettuce" - Richard Brautigan
Some days you just need that Douglas-Adams-esque sense of humor.
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16197

"So, you want to be a writer?" - Charles Bukowski
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16549

"Souls on Ice" - Mark Doty  (a reflection before "A Display of 
Mackerel"
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15847

"Theme for English B" - Langston Hughes
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15614

"Facing It" - Yusek Komunyakaa
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15830

"Red Poppy" - Tess Gallagher
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15502

"The Red Poppy" - Louise Gluck
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15604

"Poppies" - Sandra Mc Pherson
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15491

"The Secret" - Denise Levertov
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15371

"City That Does Not Sleep" - Federico Garcia Lorca
Lorca is language on crack.  "Unbelievable alligator quiet"
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15869

"Testy Pony" by Zachary Schomburg
"It is the wrong kind of pony."
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/21895

"Monologue of a Dog Ensnared in History" by Wislawa Szymborska
Yes, it is exactly what you think it's about.
Kind of makes interesting that line about being the person your 
dog thinks you are.
http://www.ralphmag.org/DZ/dog.html


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