Monthly Archives: April 2016

National Poetry Month 2016: April 8th, George Gordon Byron

Epitaph to a Dog By George Gordon Byron Near this Spot are deposited the Remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferosity, and all the virtues of Man without his Vices. This praise, which … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 7th, Major Jackson

Double View of the Adirondacks as Reflected Over Lake Champlain from Waterfront Park By Major Jackson The mountains are at their theater again, each ridge practicing an oration of scale and crest, and the sails, performing glides across the lake, … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 6th, William Blake

A Poison Tree By William Blake, 1757 – 1827 I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow. And I watered … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 5th, Rita Dove

Transit By Rita Dove, 1952 If music be the food of love, play on. —Alice Herz-Sommer, survivor of the Theresienstadt ghetto / concentration camp This is the house that music built: each note a fingertip’s purchase, rung upon rung laddering … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 4th, Hettie Jones

Weather By Hettie Jones My folder of poems labeled “weather” holds no clues as to whether or not there’ll be any weather to count on, say, a hard rain like “little nails,” or that deluge “plunging radiant” now that we’ve … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 3rd, Georgia Douglas Johnson

Black Woman By Georgia Douglas Johnson Don’t knock at the door, little child, I cannot let you in, You know not what a world this is Of cruelty and sin. Wait in the still eternity Until I come to you, … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 2nd, Safiya Sinclair

Center of the World By Safiya Sinclair The meek inherit nothing. God in his tattered coat this morning, a quiet tongue in my ear, begging for alms, cold hands reaching up my skirt. Little lamb, paupered flock, bless my black … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month 2016: April 1st, Gregory Pardlo

This is my favorite month of the year for blogging. Between posting every day for National Poetry Month and celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday, there’s so much literature pushing through the cracks of my brain that I can’t help but want to … Continue reading

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