Poetry

Childermas Poetry by Christina Rossetti

Below are two poems by Christina Rossetti, each entitled "Holy Innocents"; the first was written in 1877, the second sometime ...
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“Harris and the Mare” – Stan Rogers and Manly Virtue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQSEn-SZzpM "Harris and the Mare," by Stan Rogers Between the Breaks...Live!  (1979, Fogarty's Cove Music) Harris, my old friend, good to see ...
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“Sunflowers in a Field” by Daniel Anderson

Sunflowers in a Field by Daniel Anderson Sunflowers in a field. Goldfinches everywhere. They gorge on seed. They rise To ...
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Codex Akeldama: An Easter Poem

codex חקל דמא § 1. O Thou rood-climbing Vine Of incarnate Godhead, Ingraft me now with a grain offering, Baked on ...
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Ironicus

Take, eat the burning coal, divine iron, fire, flesh, and soul, to cleanse your speech and make you whole. Consume ...
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Platonique

Platonique I recognize your counsel in the middle soul: thumos. And I, I like a moth to flame that does ...
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Ablative of Means

With turns of phrase, by fondness and via subtle kindness I would say what I cannot tell -- and honestly, ...
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Liturgy of Canonical Albums

Here are 160 albums that I consider to be important in my own personal music-listening history thus far. <-- There ...
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“Horses” and “The Horses” – two equine poems by Edwin Muir

Which poem do you like better? Feel free to leave your vote and a brief explanation of your choice in ...
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“English Pronunciation,” by G. Nolst Trenité

Dearest creature in creation, Study English pronunciation. I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and ...
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Last Stand

(Composed in germ form at the Little Bighorn Battlefield, July 2011; edited and republished April 2014) Custer always gets called ...
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“Seven Stanzas on Easter,” by John Updike

HT: Nate Østby Make no mistake: if He rose at all it was as His body; if the cells' dissolution did ...
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The Lament of Coryphaeus

"Now, repentance consists properly of these two parts: One is contrition, that is, terrors smiting the conscience through the knowledge of ...
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Serif seraph

Written on September 30, 2012; subsequently forgotten entirely; rediscovered, titled, and published on April 14, 2o14... It was a dark ...
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The Baghlani

how might i make a human connection, when so much sets us two apart? his idiom is not mine -- ...
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Happy New Year: T. S. Eliot, Opening Stanza from Choruses from “The Rock”

The Eagle soars in the summit of Heaven, The Hunter with his dogs pursues his circuit. O perpetual revolution of ...
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As in the day of Midian

A Christmas poem +Christus natus est Who knows? Perhaps the Maker will relent and turn aside. Maybe He will disregard ...
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Doppler Affectation

for C.O. Lovefall lightning, month-long seconds, and the thunderclap of parted paths that others heard immediately. I walk these tar-snakes ...
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“Utopia” by Wisława Szymborska

from Patrycja, who lives somewhere between the water and the land Island where all becomes clear. Solid ground beneath your ...
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Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Supposed Confessions of a Second-rate Sensitive Mind”

Oh God! my God! have mercy now. I faint, I fall. Men say that thou Didst die for me, for ...
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pas par me

Oh, that I could march an Ark seven times around these sins     and see them fall. Oh, that I ...
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“Like the Water,” by Wendell Berry

Like the water of a deep stream, love is always too much. We did not make it. Though we drink ...
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Apollyanna

Breaking from the Cloudy Vault, The strongman strideth forth: Go'el Sol rejoices now to Scatter plundered warmth. His gleaning bringeth ...
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“The Sleepwalker,” by Richard Wilbur

Like an axe-head sunk in a stump, His face is wedged into the pillow's dark, The nose and mouth scarcely ...
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The Lorica of St. Pádraig

From Wikipedia: In the Christian monastic tradition, a lorica is a prayer recited for protection. The Latin word lorica originally meant "armor" or "breastplate." Both meanings come ...
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self-defense

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them ...
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“How It Was” by Czeslaw Milosz

Stalking a deer I wandered deep into the mountains and from there I saw. Or perhaps it was for some other ...
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Melchizedek

Shalom, Salem, Selah; Attenuate the tithe, Melchizedek, and leave to me a dram of dregs—perhaps a slice of bread to ...
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Catechismus Nebulus

I saw angels push the rushing clouds again against the wind, and felt not joy, but only fear: I knew that ...
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Not to grasp

Rap albums, folk music, post-college friend. Amber ale, Spanish wine, organic smokes. Papa John's, bawdy jokes, Donnybrook dudes... I must break ...
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Conceit

Falling asleep To your own bad poetry Of two yesteryears ago Is like the discomfort that Grows when you first ...
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The Arch-Conservative Ballad: “The Idiot” by Stan Rogers

It's not really crunchy-con, but it sure ain't neo-con, nor is it of a piece with modern liberalism. It's gritty, ...
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VIDEO: “The Mysticism of Small Things: Recognizing the Eternal in the Objects and Events of Every Day”

This is for those of you who loved the last post, "The Writer," by Richard Wilbur, especially Seth and Anna, ...
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“The Writer” by Richard Wilbur

The Writer by Richard Wilbur HT: Ethan Gehrke In her room at the prow of the house Where light breaks, ...
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Denise Levertov: A Happening

from the October 1958 issue of Poetry magazine; thanks to Rachel Kalthoff for introducing me to this poet's work... Two birds, flying East, ...
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Burnt ochre only

Perhaps I will purchase new glasses And frame my darkened lamps anew And auspiciously. Here I might beseech, Behold, and ...
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in memoriam: Aunt Marje

( Holy Innocents' Day, A.D. 2012) Bought by His Blood, You were steady in faith, Childlike in trust, You feared ...
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Dear Robert on Romance

Sometimes my dear friend Robert lets his half of the correspondence be published. Here's Robert on the topic of Romance ...
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Wild Turkey Frozen Custard

for Seth Bourbon Trail! Oh my Lord... You've been speared by the horns of an Either-Or! A fearsome wild primordial ...
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“The Buried Life,” by Matthew Arnold

Light flows our war of mocking words, and yet, Behold, with tears mine eyes are wet! I feel a nameless ...
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A Poem from Leavings by Wendell Berry

I went to hear Wendell Berry deliver the annual National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecture at the Kennedy Center ...
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Then Shall Arise Michael

"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and ...
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sophia morosa

     for Graham and Maria Lent words go forth, Sent with sincerity And the credulity Of overdue love -- ...
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Crap; it’s late and I’m tired

Late to bed Early to rise Makes a teacher Dead on his feet The next day, Surly, and an Alcoholic ...
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Unbidden

I, Muse-unstruck and Poetically dejected, reflect: Bode time feels Raw in retrospect. Idle hours bear witness To verbiage unspent Propelling ...
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“Doggerel by a Senior Citizen” — W.H. Auden

Our earth in 1969 Is not the planet I call mine, The world, I mean, that gives me strength To ...
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“Unluckily for a Death” by Dylan Thomas

Unluckily for a death Waiting with phoenix under The pyre yet to be lighted of my sins and days, And ...
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Standards or Preferences

A moth pollinates Only purple petunias. Favorite color. + VDMA ...
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Sine qua non

Misery loves company, Yet so does happiness; Such is the deception Of repose and of duress. Birds of a feather ...
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Partitive Gerundive 1

"But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away... "For now ...
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“In Sickness and In Health”

I've read this poem aloud maybe seven times now. Maybe I've read it to you. Whether or no, it's the ...
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Milosz + Wilbur

Gareth, were you wondering where your copy of Bells in Winter went? Well, I have it. You and I made ...
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Momentus

In case you didn't notice, This poem is composed Of custom-seconds, The first of their kind, Each one distilled from ...
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Girl in Doc Martin Boots

Dear, Those boots are hideous, Especially with that sundress. No eye for fashion do I need Your style to assess ...
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Grandpa, brother

We beleaguered grievers in slant-rhyming sunlight Witness him gingerly walk to the casket, Pause, and then 
lower his head to bestow ...
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Proverb

Sow and cultivate Stoicism. Bank it In times when you Do not feel its lack. For down the track, Unforeseen ...
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Inimīcus Sacer

He averred an aversion premised on a promise immutable, yet muted: That messianic hopes ought to stay kindled— unquenched by ...
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Embarbarrassed

for Tran, who really didn't mean to.not for hipsters.Perhaps it was her mirth overThe revolutionary war which myBeard wages against ...
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The Decent

Image by Paul Burnett Oh, the decent souls among us, The whimsical-natured, You who gesture deliberation And gaze grace -- ...
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premortem memorandum

Remember to: Clean up all of my things And become good. Organize. Plan. Remember not to: Forget important matters And ...
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Buffet About

for this guy:His dark brown leather boat shoesAren't old enough to be cool.He wears a screen-print tee thatRemembers Margaritaville and ...
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ceteris paribus

I would be remiss if I did not give a hat-tip at the outset to the late great Czeslaw Milosz, ...
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Last Stand

Composed (in germ form) at the Little Bighorn Battlefield...Custer always gets called a nastyCuss; Sure, he shouldn't have done what ...
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Tiberius

for StephenI know I am the only soulSitting in this coffee shopWith exactly these concerns.My physiognomyCannot be gainsaid(Indeed, whose can?)Yet ...
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Cantores Vicariī

Carefully wrapping a nickname In the chanted tones of prayer, Interceding thus for those bereaved, The vicar treads a winding ...
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Christos Anesti! ~ The Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom

One of the most beautiful of the Patristic Easter homilies. Together with the Lorica of St. Patrick this will forever be ...
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