Monthly Archives: May 2013

A Poem a Day: Emily Dickinson

Today’s selection is from Emily Dickinson. I used to not have much patience for her clipped, cryptic lines of verse. But I was forced to write a paper about today’s selection, and I’ve come to see the boulder of ice … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Li Bai, Boozy Chinese Poet

Drinking Alone in the Moonlight Li Po (c. 750, “translated” by Ezra Pound, 1915) Amongst the flowers is a pot of wine I pour alone but with no friend at hand So I lift the cup to invite the shining … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Blazing Persian Devotion

Today’s selection is from the Persian poet Sanai. Rumi acknowledged Sanai and Attar as his two primary inspirations, saying, “Attar is the soul and Sanai its two eyes, I came after Sanai and Attar.” (1) This poem is a ghazal, … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: WCW

Today’s selection is from the cool cat William Carlos Williams. “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” According to Brueghel                                                                                                                    when Icarus fell                                                                                                                                      it was spring a farmer was ploughing                                                                                                                          his field                                                                                                                                                  the whole pageantry of the year was                                                                                                                               awake tingling … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Forugh Farrokhzad

I first learned of Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad from the enthusiastic endorsement of Azar Nafisi, in Reading Lolita in Tehran. It took some searching, but I finally saw a copy of a book of her poetry at the Harvard Coop. … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Pablo Neruda

I wanted to delay including this poem by Pablo Neruda until I could do my own translation of it. However, time is short, and so here is poem twenty from Veinte Poemas de Amor y Una Cancion Desesperada. The following … Continue reading

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A Poem a Day: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is an American poet and author, and basically one of the most baller people alive today. Instead of trying to pick among the many interesting facets of her life, I will instead quote shamelessly and directly from Wikipedia … Continue reading

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