Wake up Azra, you must go.
Azra, my little girl,
I know Azra it is not fare.
It is you Azra
Oh Mother, must I,
Azra, Azra, my heart aches for you.
Celebrate National Poetry Month With the New Yorker Poetry Bot The New Yorker
Just in time for National Poetry Month, the New Yorker Poetry Bot is back! Launched in 2017, to celebrate the magazine's ninety-second anniversary, the bot ...
“Poetry,” by Greg Jackson The New Yorker
Fiction by Greg Jackson: “The volcano was there, and so we had to climb it. That was how things shook out for me.”
U.P.’s first state poetry champ preps for nationals The Detroit News
Calumet — Coming to the state Poetry Out Loud competition in Lansing, Tajah-Rayne Davise was intimidated by the other students. None of them recited like ...
Poetry spot: 'Turn on Other Lights' by Kelly Nelson AZCentral
Poetry spot is part of a collaboration with local poets to bring poetry closer to the center of our everyday lives.
Throwing Weight Into Sound: Kaveh Akbar on Poetry and Power The New Yorker
Kevin Young interviews the poet Kaveh Akbar about politics, poetry, and his poem “The Palace,” which appears on newyorker.com.
April brings spring, Paris and poetry. But no hugs The Gazette
Somewhere along the line well-meaning members of American society decided that hugging one another when greeting or saying goodbye was an appropriate ...
"Poetry on the Porch" will host two poets to discuss poetry in the South The Daily Tar Heel
The Love House, the headquarters for the Center for the Study of the American South, which is hosting the Poetry on the Porch event with Southern Culture ...
For the Country’s Most Promising Teen Poets, Poetry Is Activism Vulture
The National Student Poets Program had its main sponsor cut by Donald Trump. The 2019 honorees — Heather Laurel Jensen, Darius Atefat-Peckham, Ariana ...
8 More of the Best Poetry Podcasts for Your Ears Book Riot
For your listening pleasure, we've rounded up some of the best poetry podcasts out there, from classics to five-minute poems.
Wirt County woman to present poetry book at Parkersburg library Parkersburg News
PARKERSBURG — Debbie Richard of Elizabeth will be talking about her new illustrated collection of poetry, “PIVOT,” at 2 p.m. April 27 at the Parkersburg a.
Poetry That Bears Witness to a Changing Natural World The New Yorker
Dan Chiasson on David Baker, a poet of American anti-pastoral who renders both the landscape and the forces that imperil it.
8 excellent Latino poetry books for National Poetry Month NBCNews.com
April is National Poetry Month, and we look at the diversity and breadth of the Latino experience through books and anthologies by acclaimed poets like Richard ...
'Don't Be Late for Poetry' Afro American
Baltimore has some of the most talented, raw, award-winning poets in the nation. In acknowledgement of National Poetry Month. The AFRO kicked off our ...
17 of the Best Poetry Books, As Recommended by Acclaimed Poets Oprah Mag
Poetry captures what's so often ungraspable, articulates what's so often inarticulable, makes sense of the seemingly nonsensical. Here at 17 of the best poetry ...
Greg Jackson on the Dialogue Between Myth and Reality The New Yorker
Deborah Treisman speaks with Greg Jackson about “Poetry,” his short story from the April 29, 2019, issue of The New Yorker.
A Night Of Exploring Caribbean Narratives Through Food And Poetry WJCT NEWS
Miami is the backyard of the Caribbean and it's National Poetry Month, so naturally there's a convening that will blend South Florida's Caribbean roots over food ...
Thirty days of poetry; rinse and repeat The Sudbury Star
By Chloé LaDuchesse“April is the cruellest month…” So begins T.S. Eliot's poem “The Waste Land,” which is considered to be one of the most important poems ...
Robots and poetry come alive at Black Imagination conference The Architect's Newspaper
The Architect's Newspaper is the most authoritative voice on architecture and design in the United States.
Fourth Poet in Salina Poetry Series to Read Tuesday KSAL
According to the library, Plunkett is a poet, coder and dog enthusiast. She was named a Best New Poet of 2018 and was the winner of the 2017 Missouri ...
Maria Carillo sophomore wins top prize in statewide poetry contest Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Zoya Ahmed, a sophomore at Maria Carrillo High, was awarded the top prize for a poem blending sound and spice.
Whitman@200: What does Walt mean to Camden? Cherry Hill Courier Post
The great American poet lived the last years of his life in Camden, New Jersey. What drew him the city, and how is he remembered there now?
Stanley Plumly, Lyrical Poet Influenced by Keats, Dies at 79 The New York Times
Stanley Plumly, an award-winning poet whose poignant narratives were inspired by the beauty and transcendence of John Keats's lyrical verse, died on April 11 ...
How to Write Poetry About Conflict The Atlantic
In the late '70s, Carolyn Forché traveled to El Salvador on the eve of its civil war, knowing little about the country. Crucially, she understood how little she knew.
Linda Gregg, award-winning poet of lines like ‘chiseled marble,’ dies at 76 Washington Post
Linda Gregg, an award-winning poet whose muse followed her in her wanderings from the wilds of California to the rugged hills of Greece, from the Texas desert ...
Project CommUNITY: 'Poetry and Chill' after school workshops KOCO Oklahoma City
Maggie Carlo talks to the founder of "Poetry and Chill," Gregory II, as well as Douglass High School 8th grade student, Zinari Reginald Waldrup, about the ...
As a doctor in the ICU, I sometimes feel helpless. Poetry provides solace STAT
The first time I was in an intensive care unit as a medical student, I wondered if I should pray. The patient was unconscious. A tube secured in his mouth ...
A Poetic Body of Work Grapples With the Physical Body at Risk The New York Times
In “The Tradition,” Jericho Brown witnesses and celebrates vulnerability and resilience in a country that too often scorns or condemns them.
Review: Kelly Fordon's new poetry is an unsentimental look at marriage and motherhood - Michigan Radio
Review: Kelly Fordon's new poetry is an unsentimental look at marriage and motherhood Michigan Radio
In her new collection of poems, Goodbye Toothless House, Michigan writer Kelly Fordon takes aim at the idealized facade of marriage and motherhood. Ann.
High standard of performances at Feis Verse and Poetry Impartial Reporter
There was a great show of talent from local young at the 'Verse Speaking' and 'Own Poetry' Sections of this year's Fermanagh Feis.
Lady Brion: Power Through Poetry Afro American
Brion Gill, known on poetry stages internationally as “Lady Brion” wields her gift like a cudgel, or waves it like silk depending on the occasion. Yet, she ...
The life and death of Chinese poetry’s mystical martyr SupChina
Obscure during his lifetime, Zha Haisheng has — since killing himself in 1989 — become one of the most popular and influential poets of contemporary China, ...
A Conversation With U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy Smith NPR
To kick off National Poetry Month, NPR's Korva Coleman talks with the nation's two-term poet laureate about the importance of poetry during divisive times.
A young poet shaped by religious language The Christian Century
Nate Marshall is a poet and rapper whose work about growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Wild Hundreds, was awarded the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry ...
Lydia Sigourney was a famous poet -- but was she a good poet? Hartford Courant
In Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood, west of downtown, sits a small park with an entrance marked by a banner-like sign that fairly shouts, “Sigourney Square ...
Poetry spot: 'His Gun Shooting, a Vigilante' by Sylvia Chan AZCentral
Poetry spot is part of a collaboration with local poets to bring poetry closer to the center of our everyday lives.
Poetry at work strategy+business Today
The brilliant poet Wallace Stevens spent his career in the insurance industry. To what extent did these two aspects of his life nourish one another?
Linda Gregg, award-winning poet who explored love and loss, dies at 76 Los Angeles Times
Linda Gregg, an award-winning poet whose muse followed her in her wanderings from the wilds of Northern California to the rugged hills of Greece, from the ...
Shaping the world through poetry Sentinel & Enterprise
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Leominster Public Library is hosting a poetry reading event featuring U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, author of "Soul ...
Poetry celebration underway Waupaca County News
People may create blackout poems at the Waupaca Area Public Library this month. Angie Landsverk Photo. TagsNational Poetry Month WaupacaWaupaca ...
Metaphors, Medicine, And The Poetry Of Science Science Friday
April is National Poetry Month, a time of readings, outreach programs, and enthusiastic celebration of the craft. And for a special Science Friday celebration, we'll ...
Poetry Night at COS April 25 - News Mount Shasta Herald
Poetry has the power to connect us by sharing diverse perspectives and experiences, providing a truly transformative experience for all! The evening offers the ...
San Jose students give new meaning to ‘trashy poetry’ The Mercury News
Inspirational verses written by the 20 student winners of the "Litter-ature" competition are being installed on 500 trash cans in the city.
Interview: Judith Viorst, Author Of 'Nearing 90' NPR
Judith Viorst's new collection of poetry is called Nearing 90, though she's quick to note she's only "a girl of 88." She's still writing, looking forward to grandchildren ...
Ann Cannon: Poetry recommendations for the kids in your life Salt Lake Tribune
Dear Readers • Here's the deal. Little kids like poetry. No, really. They do! Especially if it has a good beat and you can dance to it. It's only after we send them off ...
How poetry can help kids get to college Detroit Free Press
Poetry has tangible benefits for kids who read and write it, the executive director of Detroit nonprofit InsideOut Literary Arts writes.
In age of fast Twitter fame, these poets work in slow obscurity. They're on to something. - NorthJersey.com
In age of fast Twitter fame, these poets work in slow obscurity. They're on to something. NorthJersey.com
In Rutherford, in a building named for William Carlos Williams, group members meet in obscurity to argue and perfect their work.
Kate Clanchy: ‘Poetry makes children feel important, that they’re heard’ The Guardian
The writer and schoolteacher on poetry's power to inspire the young.
Let us make poetry a 'Feast of April' in our classrooms: Ramnath Subramanian El Paso Times
In El Paso, February fools nature into thinking that spring has arrived, so that by the time April rolls around, the birds, the flowers, and the butterflies are in the full ...
“A golden age of poetry and power of which this noonday’s the beginning hour…” - Ukiah Daily Journal
“A golden age of poetry and power of which this noonday’s the beginning hour…” Ukiah Daily Journal
Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 am. yesterday, 154 years ago. America doesn't write much public poetry these days. Plenty of poetry, of course, but not much ...
Reviews: Four collections of poetry: Lee Ann Roripaugh, Ilya Kaminsky, Ed Bok Lee and Freya Manfred - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Reviews: Four collections of poetry: Lee Ann Roripaugh, Ilya Kaminsky, Ed Bok Lee and Freya Manfred Minneapolis Star Tribune
POETRY: Collections take on an "annihilatrix" tsunami, trauma and aging with power and insight.
In turbulent times, Richard Blanco creates 'bridges of empathy' in new poetry book NBCNews.com
Richard Blanco builds on his role as a civic poet in his new book, “How to Love a Country," tackling national issues such as gun violence, immigration, gay ...
A Young Poet, a Mysterious Stranger and an El Salvador on the Brink of War The New York Times
Carolyn Forché's “What You Have Heard Is True” recalls her 1970s journey in the company of a revolutionary who wants her to bear witness to his country's ...
Deaf poet Raymond Antrobus wins Ted Hughes award BBC News
London poet Raymond Antrobus, who was thought to be dyslexic with severe learning disabilities until his deafness was discovered at the age of six, has won ...
Valley Verses: Conway resident to release first poetry collection, “Kairos” The Recorder
A first glance at the elevated diction and usage of the sonnet form in Conway resident Libby Maxey's poetry might make readers believe it's inaccessible. But to ...
Poetry round-up: McCarthy delights with second collection in two years The Irish Times
Plus new poetry from Julia Copus.
Running on Coffee: And the Pulitzer for poetry goes to... Reading Eagle
Earlier this week the Pulitzer Prizes for the arts and journalism were announced, which included the prize for poetry, awarded to Forrest Gander for.
Renowned Poet Joins Georgia Tech Poetry Department Atlanta Jewish Times
Ilya Kaminsky is an internationally praised poet, winner of numerous honors and awards and, most recently, was named Georgia Tech's Bourne Poetry Chair.
Local poet remembers Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon at event Concord Monitor
In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Wesley McNair will offer a recollection of his literary friendship with Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, which began in the ...
The best recent poetry – review roundup The Guardian
Witch by Rebecca Tamás; Near Future by Suzannah Evans; O Positive by Joe Dunthorne; Discipline by Jane Yeh. Ben Wilkinson. Sat 6 Apr 2019 06.00 EDT.
An excavation of voices from Tuam’s Mother and Baby Home in poetic form The Irish Times
The physicality of the language on the page felt vital to me, as bodily autonomy was what these women and children were denied.
Stanley Plumly, Md. poet laureate who wrote of nature and memory, dies at 79 Washington Post
Stanley Plumly, a poet and University of Maryland professor who served as the state's poet laureate for nine years and also published well-regarded nonfiction ...
‘Terrarium’: A debut poetry collection that is therapeutic, nuanced and bursting with wisdom - Scroll.in
‘Terrarium’: A debut poetry collection that is therapeutic, nuanced and bursting with wisdom Scroll.in
Terrarium is one of the few contemporary poetry debuts that is both autobiographical and universal in its subtleties. It is remarkable how a single poem “The ...
A Poet and Essayist Meditates on the Deep Roots Binding Humans and Trees The New York Times
C.D. Wright's posthumous book “Casting Deep Shade” offers a guided walk through beech forests and her own wide-ranging mind.
Poetry event slated at Hawks Nest | News The Fayette Tribune
ANSTED — In celebration of National Poetry Month, the African American Heritage Family Tree Museum in Ansted is sponsoring an event Saturday, April 13 at ...
Avant-garde literary festival hits Dublin The Irish Times
A generation of Canadian, Irish and indigenous writers is to perform in UCD and NLI.
On poetry, tradition, risk-taking, and colonial barbarians Al Jazeera English
A conversation between Indian poet Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee and Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish.
Poetry Corners marks 20 years of verse viewing Bainbridge Island Review
Watch out for low-hanging verse. Poetry Corners, a month-long exhibition of poster-sized poems during April, National Poetry Month, is this year celebrating its ...
Poetry at McLeod returns on Sun. April 28 with activist poet Glenis Redmond Charleston City Paper
The latest installment in the Poetry at McLeod series will feature “Imagination Activist” poet Glenis Redmond. The reception and reading will be held at McLeod ...
5 YA Poetry Audiobooks Read By the Author Book Riot
Poetry is meant to be read aloud! To celebrate National Poetry Month, enjoy these five YA poetry audiobooks, all read by their authors!
North Carolina Poetry Society announces annual contest winners Richmond County Daily Journal
RALEIGH – The North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) has announced the names of its 2019 adult poetry contest winners. Winning poets will receive cash ...
Author Brad Buchanan is recovering from trauma through poetry and prose Stockton Record
His goal was to personalize cancer patients through writing and for poet and book author Brad Buchanan, he accomplished exactly that — through his poetry ...
Poet Hanif Abdurraqib Discusses His Writing Process NPR
For National Poetry Month, poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib shares a poem and his writing process. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Sometimes the ...
Portland's Café Review marks 30 years of curating poetry from around the world Press Herald
The Café Review began humbly, as 16 mimeographed sheets of paper stapled together. The poets who gathered regularly at Woodfords Café in Portland ...
Petaluma poet Forrest Gander wins Pulitzer Prize San Francisco Chronicle
Petaluma poet Forrest Gander can now call himself a Pulitzer Prize winner. Gander, who earned his master's in creative writing at San Francisco State University ...
MFA Instructor Kwame Dawes Wins Prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Poetry Pacific University
MFA Faculty Member Kwame Dawes was honored for his poetry by the judges of the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prizes. The award was announced in ...
Fourth graders dig into pop music and poetry at CU Boulder CU Boulder Today
As they learn how writers revise their work and use literary devices, the students gear up for a school assembly led by an Australian rap star.
Five Poetry Collections you should read for National Poetry Month Student Life
s many college students know, April is the penultimate month of the academic semester. But a more importantly and less commonly known fact is that April is.
The Poetry Of An X-Ray Science Friday
Rafael Campo, a doctor and a poet, turns his experiences in the operating room into poetry.
Linda Gregg, Poet of Taut, Vivid Verse, Is Dead at 76 The New York Times
Linda Gregg, who explored beauty, loss, struggle and desire in award-winning poetry that was spare but intense and deeply evocative, died on March 20 in ...
Five Cambridge poets will see their work imprinted on the sidewalk this fall Boston.com
On Tuesday, Cambridge continued its tradition of giving poetry a stamp of permanence. That is, the city announced the winners of its Sidewalk Poetry Contest, ...
These students found rhythm, art and joy through poetry Miami Herald
Listening to poems in English and Spanish from Shel Siliverstein, Francisco Xavier Alarcón and E.E. Cummings, students at the Brucie Ball Education Center ...
The Poet Family Who Were Icons of Spanish Nationalism The New York Times
The Age of Disenchantments,” by Aaron Shulman, chronicles the turbulent lives of Leopoldo Panero, the unofficial poet laureate of Francoism, and his wife and ...
Chrome extension replaces Google’s canned replies with poetry The Verge
Google traditionally plagues the internet with its own April Fools' gags on April 1st, but developer Chris Zubak-Skees has beaten the internet giant at its own ...
Entrancing Poetry Picture Books The New York Times
Some of the best illustrated children's books are not stories — they're poems that use language, form and rhythm to let kids reflect, imagine and think.
Three Poets Who Find Meaning, and Material, in Lived Experience The New York Times
David Orr's “Dangerous Household Items,” John Koethe's “Walking Backwards” and Sarah Gambito's “Loves You” celebrate daily moments in very different ...
Poetry aplenty at national competition Winnipeg Free Press
Poetry will be in the air this week when Winnipeg hosts the semifinals and finals of Poetry in Voice... - Books - Winnipeg Free Press.
Listen: Seamus Heaney celebrated - The Poetry Programme RTE.ie
In this week's Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary was joined by Kerry-based poet Paddy Bushe, and the programme remembered Seamus ...
Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta brings 'real life fiction' to Alexandria Alexandria Times
By Cody Mello-Klein | email@example.com KaNikki Jakarta was born with the words of Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou in her head. While.
Students experience poetry, prof-rock at final Wellspring event of 2018-19 year - Central Michigan Life
Students experience poetry, prof-rock at final Wellspring event of 2018-19 year Central Michigan Life
Poetry, fiction and rock 'n' roll were all featured at the final Wellspring Literary Series event of the 2018-19 academic year.
Loveland poets take up Poem-A-Day Challenge Loveland Reporter-Herald
Loveland poet Lynn Kincanon has written more than 600 poems at a rate of one a day since Aug. 5, 2017, and she doesn't plan to stop. Nor is she alone. A few ...
Petaluma poet Forrest Gander, awarded Pulitzer for reflections on loss, embraces brighter new chapter - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Petaluma poet Forrest Gander, awarded Pulitzer for reflections on loss, embraces brighter new chapter Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Forrest Gander was pleasantly surprised. Standing in the backyard of his Petaluma home, high on a hillside on the west side of town, the 63-year-old poet, ...
Valley Verses: Greenfield poet reflects on nature's beauty, human experience The Recorder
Fred L. Oakes' refreshingly unpretentious poetry collection titled “Poems by F. L. Oakes” is a delightful meditation on nature, the passage of time and human ...
Poetry and politics: Sununu's nomination for poet laureate has a decidedly different political bent - The Union Leader
Poetry and politics: Sununu's nomination for poet laureate has a decidedly different political bent The Union Leader
CONCORD — The question of who will become the state's new poet laureate remains unresolved, as Gov. Chris Sununu and the Poetry Society of New ...
Acclaimed poets to headline Nottingham Poetry Festival West Bridgford Wire
Nottingham Poetry Festival is back for the fourth time and is bigger – and better – than ever, with the 2019 line-up featuring a dazzling array of talent.
New poetry collections written or published by Minnesotans kick off Poetry Month - St. Paul Pioneer Press
New poetry collections written or published by Minnesotans kick off Poetry Month St. Paul Pioneer Press
Poetry Month begins Monday, so let's start the celebration with a look at three very different collections, written or published by Minnesotans, debuting this week.
There are dark stirrings in Brexiteers’ sudden fixation with poetry The Guardian
Geoffrey Cox et al are casting themselves as epic heroes fighting for a return to a purer past, says cultural historian Edward Sugden.
TUSCALOOSA 200 MOMENT IN HISTORY: First Poet Laureate Tuscaloosa News
First Poet LaureateSamuel Minturn Peck (1854-1938), the first poet laureate of Alabama, was born in Tuscaloosa. In 1886, Peck's first volume of poetry, "Cap ...
American Life in Poetry: 'Taking Turns' The Spokesman-Review
I like this poem for the way it portrays the manner in which we study the behavior of others and project our own experiences onto their lives.
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith explains value of poetry in consumerist society at Penn - The Daily Pennsylvanian
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith explains value of poetry in consumerist society at Penn The Daily Pennsylvanian
United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith spoke about reconciling poetry with modern political and technological culture at the Philomathean Society's Annual ...
Listen up: Four poets have something to say about race, gender and violence The Washington Post
In his searing “The Tradition” (Copper Canyon), Jericho Brown illustrates how racism and violence have shaped both the past and the present, our national ...
Beautiful Dreamer, Stephen Foster, Americas First Folk Song Writer
"Beautiful Dreamer" was written by Stephen Foster just before his death in 1864 at age 37. The song became one of his most famous and most popular.
Review Of Stephen B. Wileys First Book Of Poetry: HERO ISLAND
Poet Stephen B. Wiley's first book of poetry, Hero Island, reflects tender snapshots and reminiscent overviews of various stages of his life as a youngster working on a farm in New Jersey, summer vacations spent with his family in Northern Vermont, and his positive stance on life.
Lamenting Poetic Moods [six Poems]
Advance: in Mr. Siluk's poetry one finds symbolist values, sensuous impressions; verbal magic and even childish jingles; at times the popular 8-syllable verse (ballad metre).
Breathing-in, Minnesota [a poem: now in Spanish and English]
In early fall, in Minnesota, the rain falls, falls, In buckets, buckets and more buckets-: drops Likened to music from its many streams-land Of ten-thousand lakes; moistened gravel, gravel Everywhere?Grandpa sits on the porch-daydreaming of, of Something, perhaps winter around the corner-; As the flies disappear, with the mosquitoes? Leaves will soon vanish, shadows will come earlyMaybe he's thinking about summer: miles and miles And miles and miles of cornfields; his childhood now Long gone, he hums a hymn, a song; looking at the Metal-piped fence, he made, with three poles, on the Embankment, leading up the steps to the porch; It's worn-out like him.The winds in Minnesota smell fresh, fresh from all The foliage, there's a lot of it.
The Treasure of Catalina Huanca (In English and Spanish)
Note: written after seeing the little adobe 16th century church San Sebastian, in San Jeronimo, by the mountains of Huancayo, Peru, after being taken there by the Wandering Quechua guide, Enrique (4-13-2005).The Treasure of Catalina HuancaWritten by Dennis L.
Here And There
My eyes opened. I am still alive; Living on planet earth.
Famous Poets Quotations - Top 30 Poetry Quotations by Famous Poets
"For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history."-- Aristotle"Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
Rules for Writing Poetry
You've been writing poetry since that first assignment in your high school writing class. You know the rules about writing poetry, right? Are there rules? Well, if you frequent the poetry forums across the Internet as much as I do, you'd find that there are a lot of amateur poets who adamantly declare that there are no rules for writing poetry and if someone even suggests reading poetry or books on poetry, many of the amateur poets will throw up a defensive front.
Walt Whitman, Romance With a Stranger
The concept of brief encounters, even romantic encounters, with a stranger recurs often in the verses of Walt Whitman.Take, for example, these lines from one of the inscriptions that Whitman wrote to his 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass.
Testimony to the Night [In English and Spanish]
In the quiet of the arctic night- In its deep northern skies, Dim are the lights, in its coldEvening frost?! Even the stars of the arctic Seem silently stone frozen!Here, here is where you find Peace and the beast within-! Remote, no ears or wordsTo clutter the mind To entrench the throat; Here, here is where you die?(for a moment).Here, the sky has eternal eyes Eyes with cosmic tides Tides that never rest: they warWith the Universe- Likened to a dark deep abyss; Endless and never resting?Here my eyes seek and search In countless hours, ebbing and Sweeping the heavens aboveNumbing, changeless- Are the cosmos, the heavens? Here resides a strange peace?Here, resides a strange peace With an army of stars to defeat Shinning, silently in the darkThe ebbing, eldritch dark; Time has no relevance here, Here, resides a strange, peace?Cold and oddly numb are my feet, As I look up, upon the many bridges One star bridging the next-as if,If Kings and Queens were Guarding them-the Hosts- O-Yes! A strange, strange peace?Ah! Praise, praise be to thee, to thee Flaming, blazing firmaments-ye, Ye, remind me not, of the wars I left,Of the foes, divine immortals?The enemies that never rest Ah! Praise, praise be to thee, to theeI hear music, harmony from afar (there) There are storms hidden in a storehouse, For tomorrow-war beyond, beyondOrion's dust?perpetual dust; There, there the sun is dim to bleak.
Rhymes of an Ordnance Man [Vietnam War: 1971]
Rhymes of an Ordnance Man [Vietnam War: 1971]An eleven part poem By Dennis L. SilukI had went to Vietnam at the age of 23 , and it was most interesting, there were 205,000 troops there when I arrived.
Song of the Great Zimbabwe, and Silver and Inca Blood [Poems and notes]
"Song of the Great Zimbabwe"Across the African, winter's skyIn the Southern edge of Zimbabwe Looking down from the Hill ComplexFrom on top, of an Ancient Rock O'er the mountains steep-:A, vista I've longed to see, residesA site, I've longed to meet-; Thus, dwells, within this African Valley,Among the greatest of man's feats? The great, Great Zimbabwe (Enclosure).A million-stones, built these ancient wallsSome twelve-fathoms, fathoms high That seems to reach unto the sky;Some say: a fortress, and palace, it is; And perhaps-, the legendary 'Ophir!'#747 7/2/05Silver and Inca BloodIn the Great Silver mines of Potosi-(Inca Indians) Conscripted mine workersCarry Quotas of ore-up hundreds of feetOf rope laddered-steps For don Francisco de ToledoAnd King Philip II, of Spain-;A farcified vision to becomeRich-off Inca blood, In the year-1571?#744 7/1/05Notes: (The Inca Empire): the assumption is often that the Inca Empire was a large enterprise of its self; a common mistake at best; complicated for sure; but for the most part, the Inca Empire was comprised of ethnic groups who were subjugated into the Inca Empire, similar to the Roman, which was a city nation [Empire] you might say, who subjugated the whole world into its Roman Empire; likewise, so did the Incas of South America.
A Happiness Poem
If a happiness poem could bring forth a smile, Then my face would always dress in style.If my ears could hear my computer screen, From one to another, they, too, would grin.
The Crusader: A Search for the Virtue Inside (an excerpt of an Epic Poem)
On through the darkness she searches the bones Seeking the hand of her love; Deep in the stillness, the maid searches on, Petitioning help from above. Onward she gropes through the flesh and the blood Of the warriors disfigured and maimed; She carries no hope for the life of her love - For naught but his body she came.
I Hate The Wait (Weight)
I get up in the morningAnd want to stay in bedOh, so nice and warmLike fresh from the oven bread.My day is oh so busyI wish that I could stayIn the quiet of my houseIf only I could play.
Poetry in Turbulence
To many non-specialists of literature, poetry is deeply unsatisfying. There are several reasons for this, but two in particular come to mind.
The Art of Receiving Poetic Critique
You can show your poem to your mom, your spouse, your co-workers, or your friends, but you might not get the responses that you can suck up into your little writing fingers to use in an effort to refine your craft. What does it really mean when someone who cares about you, but not for poetry says, "Wow, this is great.
Savage Nature: The Life of Ted Hughes
One of the most important poets of the post-war period, Edward James Hughes (1930-1998), was drawn towards the primitive. He was enchanted by the beauty of the natural world, frequently portraying its cruel and savage temperament in his work as a reflection of his own personal suffering and mystical beliefs - convinced that modern man had lost touch with the primordial side of his nature.
Two Poems: Black Poncho, and Spirits of de Copan [in English and Spanish]
English Version12) Black Poncho(of Saint Cosme Hill, by Lima, Peru)Lost in the grottos of Peru- By the hills of Huancayo Black Poncho was given A treasure of gold?; By none other than, Demonic goblins!?in the form of scorching fruit; Hence, Black Poncho fooled The goblins of oldBy using his poncho to pull The sizzling golden fruit Through the Andes to Lima, Peru!?Henceforward, he was swindled By a jeweler of dire repute. Thus, his life changed (as so often they do); And now he lives with: Thirty-five dogs, on San Cosme Hill.
AFRICA (to africans in diaspora)africa here i come, africa africa of the black soul the soul of an ancient culture the culture of your timid tribes.its your voice i hear africa your voice of the talking drums your beaded drums and the royal trumpeter the metal gong of your town crieri have come to see your music dance i have heard of your ageless minstrels have i not heard of your swinging hips! i have heard enough and have come to watch wouldn't you dance for me africaafrica here i come africa would you not show me to your tribes the timid tribes of your sweetened tongues the varied tongues of your virtuous menafrica, black soul africa tell me about your gods your gods of the sky and of the mother earth your gods of the hills and of the rivers aboundshow me to your kings africa your kings of the ancient dynasty the ancient dynasty of rusted spear and shield africa, here i come africaHEAVENLY GUESTheavenly guest heralding thunderously in its own awake pelting on men as well, the gods gathering itself drop by drop.
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