Poem: The Trees

Poem: The Trees

To celebrate Arbor Day 2018 I’m celebrating Arbor Day by posting a poem about trees. The Trees by Philip Larkin The trees are coming into leaf Like something almost being said; The recent buds relax and spread, Their greenness is a kind of grief. Is it that they...
Poem: Don’t Go Into the Library

Poem: Don’t Go Into the Library

by Alberto Ríos The library is dangerous— Don’t go in. If you do You know what will happen. It’s like a pet store or a bakery— Every single time you’ll come out of there Holding something in your arms. Those novels with their big eyes. And those no-nonsense, all...
Poem: The Continuous Life, Mark Strand

Poem: The Continuous Life, Mark Strand

(posted on Mark Strand’s birthday – April 11, 1934) What of the neighborhood homes awash In a silver light, of children hunched in the bushes, Watching the grown-ups for signs of surrender, Signs that the irregular pleasures of moving From day to day, of...
Poem: My Story in a Late Style of Fire

Poem: My Story in a Late Style of Fire

by Larry Levis Whenever I listen to Billie Holiday, I am reminded That I, too, was once banished from New York City. Not because of drugs or because I was interesting enough For any wan, overworked patrolman to worry about— His expression usually a great, gauzy...
Poem: Hibernation, Warming

Poem: Hibernation, Warming

by Kevin Craft Wind kicks a few cups down the alley. Pocketful of stones, a greasy lot. Morning chill in fleeting sunlight. You’d rather stay under this blanket agreement. Not any storm can house you off the cuff. The troposphere brushes your cold turned cheek. Wake...
Poem: Let America Be America Again

Poem: Let America Be America Again

Black History Month: February Let America Be America Again Langston Hughes Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) Let America be...