A poem as message in a bottle

A poem, as a manifestation of language and thus essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the — not always greatly hopeful — belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense, too, are under way: they are making toward something. … Continue reading

Only the Very Weak-Minded

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Failing And Flying

Press-Play Poetry: ‘Failing And Flying’ : from NPR. A wonderful poem by Jack Gilbert on life, success, triumph, and the end of glory, before something else happens.

Scarecrow on Fire, by Dean Young

We all think about suddenly disappearing. The train tracks lead there, into the woods. Even in the financial district: wooden doors in alleyways. First I want to put something small into your hand, a button or river stone or key I don’t know to what. I don’t have that house anymore across from the graveyard … Continue reading

I heard the bells on Christmas Day …

I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Merry Christmas to all. ~Melissa

The Art of Poetry No. 33, John Ashbery

Paris Review – The Art of Poetry No. 33, John Ashbery. Click to read a wonderful interview with poet John Ashbery