Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 28 Geoffrey Hill: Merlin

Before there was Gandalf, there was Merlin. He was the original magic using figure, but now he’s gone. And in a way this poem asks what did he take with him? Magic? Nobility? Is there a certain type of world, … Continue reading

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March 27 Walter de la Mare: The Listeners

I had a room in a house when I was in school where the doorknob was missing, so I grabbed a random scrap of paper and covered up the hole. The random scrap had this poem on it, so I … Continue reading

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March 26 Stanley Kunitz: the Long Boat

I’ve obtained a photo copy of several poems, but don’t remember where they came from. I am a collector of random works. I have many photo copies of poems and short stories – even one novel – just lining shelves … Continue reading

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March 25 Elizabeth Austen: Ebbing Hour

Been a little sleepy lately, so I’ve fallen behind on my posts. I thought this poem kind of perfectly encapsulated what I’ve been going through (okay, sort of perfectly – let’s just say the tide has caught me in her … Continue reading

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March 21 Gwendolyn Brooks: The Bean Eaters

I like this poem a lot. It reminds me of my friend Sarah who hates romantic comedies with the fire of a thousand suns (well, not so much hate as they annoy the hell out of her). She did profess, … Continue reading

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March 20 Timothy Steele: Epitaph

Still on the subject of connotation and denotation, here is short poem to someone in the past tense. Could he be the honored dead? Probably not he’s referred to not as golden, but yellow. Whatever he left behind wasn’t very … Continue reading

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March 19 Mark R Slaughter: It’s My Birthday (abr), Richard Wilbur: For KR on Her Sixteenth Birthday

Today’s my birthday, so I’ll take a moment to honor it and give a real post tomorrow. But I wanted to chose a poem that showed how I really felt (without it being something you’d find on the cover of … Continue reading

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