Poetry

  • Shattered Sonnets, Love Cards, and Other Off and Back Handed Importunities

    Olena Kalytiak Davis

    More challenging than And Her Soul Out of Nothing but very alive.

    small quilled poem with no taste for spring
    In spring all the poems that need
    to be written

    Have. You are neither dejected
    nor relieved.

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  • In the Next Galaxy

    Ruth Stone

    Albany Bus Station
    The same fat man with the fluorescent vest
    is playing cards for cash
    at the same table by the window;
    the same easy jean-jacketed girl
    slaps the back of the same red-faced man
    whose shirt hangs out below his sweater.

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  • 95 Poems

    e.e. cummings

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  • Poems of Akhmatova

    Anna Akhmatova

    i lost the comments on this book and a few others around this time. now i can’t remember exactly how i felt about this one.. i do remember liking this edition, which is a good introduction to Akhmatova’s work as it has a good biography as a preface, which puts the poems in context. her subject matter is pretty personal and, while...more

  • Love Poems

    Anne Sexton

    i was inspired to read some Anne Sexton after reading Girl Interrupted and Wintering and some Sylvia Plath. apparently this book is the story of an affair a married woman had, scandalous for its time. but i don’...more

  • Poems, first series

    Emily Dickinson

    There’s a certain slant of light,
    On winter afternoons,
    That oppresses, like the weight
    Of cathedral tunes.

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  • Ariel

    Sylvia Plath

    while reading Wintering, i tried to read along with this at the same time, as the chapter titles in Wintering are the titles of these poems, but in the sequence that Sylvia Plath had decided upon. she killed herself before the book was published and Ted Hughes reordered the poems into chronological order...more

  • Sun Under Wood

    Robert Hass

    i like his phrasing and the detail of nature imagery. the book follows a slight narrative, drawing out personal themes alongside folklore. a calming collection of poems, introspective and clearly captured....more

  • The Low East

    David Henderson

    riding the train today, exiting to snow falling and slush sidewalks. appropriate to read this slim book of largely new york inspired verse.

    new year rain and snow whirling down
    something to watch outside the window

    pleasing combinations of syllables, the city imagery, and references to...more

  • The Waste Land and other poems

    T.S. Eliot

    one of those used books that has been sitting on my shelf forever, pulled it out finally and loved the way the words tumbled out. even when the subject doesn’t appeal exactly or the allusions and images are too deeply symbolic for uneducated reading (i.e., not in a class), the language is beautiful, images stirring, and rhythm ...more

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