Monthly Archives: April 2015

National Poetry Month 2015: Day 28, Joy Harjo

“She Had Some Horses” Joy Harjo She had some horses. She had horses who were bodies of sand. She had horses who were maps drawn of blood. She had horses who were skins of ocean water. She had horses who … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2015: Day 27, Aphra Behn

A Thousand Martyrs By Aphra Behn A thousand martyrs I have made, All sacrificed to my desire; A thousand beauties have betrayed, That languish in resistless fire. The untamed heart to hand I brought, And fixed the wild and wandering … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2015: Day 26, Kobayashi Issa

On the death of Issa’s infant child: Translated by Lewis Mackenzie: 露の世は露の世ながらさりながら (Tsuyu no yo wa tsuyu no yo nagara sari nagara) This dewdrop world — Is a dewdrop world, And yet, and yet . . .

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National Poetry Month 2015: Day 25, Anna Akhmatova

“The Muse” By Anna Akhmatova All that I am hangs by a thread tonight as I wait for her whom no one can command. Whatever I cherish most–youth, freedom, glory– fades before her who bears the flute in her hand. … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2015: Day 24, Wole Soyinka

“Night” By Wole Soyinka Your hand is heavy, Night, upon my brow. I bear no heart mercuric like the clouds, to dare, Exacerbation from your subtle plough. Woman as a clam, on the sea’s cresent. I saw your jealous eye … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2015: Day 23, Shakespeare Again

Sonnet 97 By Shakespeare How like a winter hath my absence been From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen! What old December’s bareness every where! And yet this time remov’d … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2015: Day 22, Rives

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National Poetry Month 2015: Day 21, Ron Padgett

“Prose Poem (“The morning coffee.”)” By Ron Padgett The morning coffee. I’m not sure why I drink it. Maybe it’s the ritual of the cup, the spoon, the hot water, the milk, and the little heap of brown grit, the … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2015: Day 20, Isaac Rosenberg

  “On Receiving News of the War” By Isaac Rosenberg Snow is a strange white word; No ice or frost Has asked of bud or bird For Winter’s cost. Yet ice and frost and snow From earth to sky This … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2015: Day 19, Pablo Neruda

“Los Jugadores” By Pablo Neruda Juegan, juegan. Agachados, arrugados, decrépitos. Este hombre torvo junto a los mares de su patria, más lejana que el sol, cantó bellas canciones. Canción de la belleza de la tierra, canción de la belleza de … Continue reading

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