Start the Week With Beauty

Number 8 –Lawrence Fer­linghet­ti from Pic­tures of the Gone World It was a face which dark­ness could kill       in an instant a face as eas­i­ly hurt      by laugh­ter or light ‘We think dif­fer­ent­ly at night.’      she told me once lying back lan­guid­ly      And she would…

Poetry Fix

The Pur­pose of Time is to Pre­vent Every­thing from Hap­pen­ing at Once by X.J. Kennedy, from The Lords of Mis­rule. Sup­pose your life a fold­ed tele­scope Dura­tion­less, col­lapsed in just a flash As from your moth­er’s womb you, bawl­ing, drop Into a nursing…

Catching Up On the Poetry

what she was wear­ing by Den­ver But­son, from illeg­i­ble address. this is my sui­cide dress she told him I only wear it on days when I’m afraid I might kill myself if I don’t wear it you’ve been wear­ing it every day since we met he said…

Poetry Fix: What We Miss

What We Miss by Sarah Man­gu­so Who says it’s so easy to save a life? In the mid­dle of an inter­view for the job you might get you see the cat from the win­dow of the sev­en- teenth floor just as he’s crossing…

Sunday Poetry

Poems by Frank O’Hara, from The Select­ed Poems of Frank O’Hara. Poem Light clar­i­ty avo­ca­do sal­ad in the morn­ing after all the ter­ri­ble things I do how amaz­ing it is to find for­give­ness and love, not even for­give­ness since what is…

Poem: Happiness

Happi­ness –Michael Van Wal­leghen Weep for what lit­tle things could make them glad. –Robert Frost, Direc­tive Melvin,      the large col­lie who lives in the red house at the end of my dai­ly run is hap­py,      hap­py to see me even now,      in Feb­ru­ary— a month of…

Poetry: Philosophy in Warm Weather

Philos­o­phy in Warm Weath­er –Jane Keny­on Now all the doors and win­dows are open, and we move so eas­i­ly through the rooms. Cats roll on the sun­ny rugs, and a clum­sy wasp climbs the pane, paus­ing to rub a leg over her head.…

Marvelous Poetry

I do believe that John Isbell has become my favorite con­tem­po­rary poet. I’m not post­ing his lat­est here—I think you should go read them and his oth­ers. They’re wonderful.

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