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    new poetry search

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by mercy, Apr 15, 2010.

    I am searching for new poetry. I will suggest a few to you, and I hope you can offer me some suggestions too....plz & ty

    "If" by Rudyard Kipling (recited by Roger Federer)
    "Leaves of Grass" Walt Whitman
    "A Dream Within A Dream" Poe
    "I Swear My Dear Son" Rumi
    "Ithaca" Cavafy (recited by Sean Connery)
    "I Carry Your Heart With Me" e.e. cummings...
     
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    "Leaves of Grass" is a collection of poetry, not a poem. But in any case, my favorite in that collection would be "Crossing Brooklyn Bridge" (I'm not certain that's the title, but I'm close. Might be Ferry instead of bridge, but oh well).

    As for other poems I enjoy...

    "pity this busy monster,manunkind" by e. e. cummings
    "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
    "Burning the Christmas Greens" by William Carlos Williams
    "Burnt Norton" from "The Four Quartets" by T. S. Eliot
    "Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa
    "The Death of the Fathers by Anne Sexton

    I could go on, but I won't.
     
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    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    I recommend any Edgar Allan Poe poetry. :)
     
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    Thnx evil you are correct... My favorite is "Song of Myself"
    I'm going to check out all your suggestions. Thank you so much...

    I read a lot of Poe gigi. luv it!
     
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    I love it, too. One of my favorite authors! :D
     
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    What a coincidence that you ask this since it's National Poetry Month in the U.S. :)

    I love sharing some of my favorite poems, so here you go:

    The Day You Were Leaving
    by Madeline Defrees

    the lock stuck on the attic door,
    a bolt slipped into gear for the last
    act, the forked dark under the rafters
    closed on itself. I took to my bed,
    ice pack heavy on lids as shot
    driven through holes in the skull
    or weight slung from crossed winter limbs.
    Someone who put on my old voice from a drained
    throat said lines you wanted to hear. Smoke
    collapsed around hair that clung
    to the brush. Ash drifted sill and floor
    from trays left to please empty themselves, the days
    and the night you were leaving.

    Mayakovsky
    by Frank O'Hara

    Now I am quietly waiting for
    the catastrophe of my personality
    to seem beautiful again,
    and interesting, and modern.

    The country is grey and
    brown and white in trees,
    snows and skies of laughter
    always diminishing, less funny
    not just darker, not just grey.

    It may be the coldest day of
    the year, what does he think of
    that? I mean, what do I? And if I do,
    perhaps I am myself again.


    Rowing
    by Anne Sexton

    [It's too long to post, but I highly recommend it. It's among my favorite go-to poems when I'm yearning to be understood, or just in my gloomy, existential mood.]


    What She Was Wearing
    by Denver Butson

    this is my suicide dress
    she told him
    I only wear it on days
    when I'm afraid
    I might kill myself
    if I don't wear it

    you've been wearing it
    every day since we met

    he said

    and these are my arson gloves

    so you don't set fire to something?

    he asked

    exactly

    and this is my terrorism lipstick
    my assault and battery eyeliner
    my armed robbery boots

    I'd like to undress you
    he said
    but would that make me an accomplice?

    and today she said I'm wearing
    my infidelity underwear
    so don't get any ideas


    and she put on her nervous breakdown hat
    and walked out the door

    [ ^ I just love that one. So cynical and witty.]


    The Visitor
    by Mary Oliver

    My father, for example,
    who was young once
    and blue-eyed,
    returns
    on the darkest of nights
    to the porch and knocks
    wildly at the door,
    and if I answer
    I must be prepared
    for his waxy face,
    for his lower lip
    swollen with bitterness.
    And so, for a long time,
    I did not answer,
    but slept fitfully
    between his hours of rapping.
    But finally there came the night
    when I rose out of my sheets
    and stumbled down the hall.
    The door fell open

    and I knew I was saved
    and could bear him,
    pathetic and hollow,
    with even the least of his dreams
    frozen inside him,
    and the meanness gone.
    And I greeted him and asked him
    into the house,
    and lit the lamp,
    and looked into his blank eyes
    in which at last
    I saw what a child must love,
    I saw what love might have done
    had we loved in time.


    The Journey
    by Mary Oliver

    One day you finally knew
    what you had to do, and began,
    though the voices around you
    kept shouting
    their bad advice--
    though the whole house
    began to tremble
    and you felt the old tug
    at your ankles.
    "Mend my life!"
    each voice cried.
    But you didn't stop.
    You knew what you had to do,
    though the wind pried
    with its stiff fingers
    at the very foundations,
    though their melancholy
    was terrible.
    It was already late
    enough, and a wild night,
    and the road full of fallen
    branches and stones.
    But little by little,
    as you left their voices behind,
    the stars began to burn
    through the sheets of clouds,
    and there was a new voice
    which you slowly
    recognized as your own,
    that kept you company
    as you strode deeper and deeper
    into the world,
    determined to do
    the only thing you could do--
    determined to save
    the only life you could save.

    [ ^ this one is my go-to poem when I'm seeking wisdom]
     
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    Please feel free. I'm almost finished with your list. I'm very impressed with you insight at 19 years of age.

    "Facing It" blown away!
     
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    The Journey
    by Mary Oliver

    A tear....just what I needed on my first night alone...
     
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    I just discovered this beautiful poem - Neruda: I Like For You To Be Still
    It just kills me sweetly ..."I Do Not Love You" Dear God what are these words???
     
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    Yusef Komunyakaa presents a lot of powerful imagery in his poetry, that sure catches my mind haha. He's less known than he should be.

    As for other poems, I guess I could give a few more. ;)

    "Prospice" by Robert Browning
    "The Wind Increases" by William Carlos Williams (Find it in its original, broken form)
    "Daddy" by Silvia Plath
    "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost
    "Sonnet 18" by William Shakespeare (Immortality through art :))
    "As I Walked Out One Evening" by W. H. Auden
    "I died for beauty - but was scarce..." by Emily Dickinson
     
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    Pretty nearly everything in Good Poetry, which was put together by Garrison Keillor. In particular, "The Vacation" by Wendell Berry, and "poetry reading" by Charles Bukowski, and "Sweater Weather" by Sharon Bryan, and "Success is counted sweetest" by Emily Dickinson, and "What I Learned from My Mother" by Julia Kasdorf, and "Masterworks of Ming" by Kay Ryan. And the list goes on and one and on.

    And anything by Keats. I'm currently in love with his poetry.
     

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