I am still without power (that's SIX days now!), but consider me your postal carrier of poetry. There is nothing, not even an electrical shortage, that will keep me from delivering "the best words in their best order" to you. (Thank you Samuel Coleridge.)
Italian Music in Dakota
by Walt Whitman
Through the soft evening air enwrinding all,
Rocks, woods, fort, cannon, pacing sentries, endless wilds,
In dulcet streams, in flutes’ and cornets’ notes,
Electric, pensive, turbulent artificial,
(Yet strangely fitting even here, meanings unknown before,
Subtler than ever, more harmony, as if born here, related here,
Not to the city’s fresco’d rooms, not to the audience of the opera house,
Sounds, echoes, wandering strains, as really here at home,
Sonnambula’s innocent love, trios with Norma’s anguish,
And thy ecstatic chorus Poliuto;)
Ray’d in the limpid yellow slanting sundown,
Music, Italian music in Dakota.
While Nature, sovereign of this gnarl’d realm,
Lurking in hidden barbaric grim recesses,
Acknowledging rapport however far remov’d,
(As some old root or soil of earth its last-born flower or fruit,)
Listens well pleas’d.
I'll be stealing time throughout the day in establishments around the city that DO have power. So, leave me a note about your contribution and I'll add it to this post. Happy poetry Friday all!
Good morning poetry lovers! This is your intrepid host, checking in from my local Starbucks. I've used my free birthday drink coupon, am sipping an iced chai, eating a whole-grain bagel, and loving your choices this sunny morning. So, without further ado, here's what the early bird dug up.
Robyn Hood Black
is attending another Founder's Workshop (lucky girl!) and is signing in from Honesdale, PA. Today she is sharing a poem by Paul Fleischman
in honor of his birthday.
Amy LV of The Poem Farm
is sharing an original poem entitled My Blanket Smells
Steven Withrow of Crackles of Speech
shares an original poem inspired by Irene entitled Storm's Alarm
Over at The Write Sisters
, Barbara is sharing a bit of Roald Dahl in the form of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
Melissa of through the wardrobe
shares an excerpt from an original work entitled Zoo
Mary Lee of A Year of Reading
shares an ode to the first weeks of school
. Is that James Taylor? I do believe it is. Oh, what a fitting choice.
is in a romantic mood and sharing the poem/lyrics If I Were a Carpenter
Charlotte of Charlotte's Library
is sharing a review of a book of graphic novel style nursery rhymes entitled Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists
Heidi Mordhorst of my juicy little universe
is sharing fishy reflections on her first week of school and the poem Fish
by Mary Ann Hoberman.
Diane Mayr of Random Noodling
is sharing a poem by Hal Sirowitz entitled The Benefits of Ignorance
Diane Mayr shares original poetry at Kids of the Homefront Army
. Today's entry is entitled Model Airplanes
Finally, over at Kurious Kitty
and Kurious K's Kwotes
, Diane is sharing Wislawa Szymborska.
is sharing three poems and spreads
from Marilyn Singer's new book, A Full Moon is Rising. Coincidentally, I brought this one home yesterday to read by flashlight in bed (no lie)!
Tara of A Teaching Life
is sharing the poem she using to launch her poetry study, Where I'm From
by George Ella Lyon.
Sally of Paper Tigers
is sharing a brief review of the book Something Nice
by Misuzu Kaneko.
Tabatha Yeatts of The Opposite of Indifference
is sharing the poem Firefighter's Prayer
by David Cochrane.
Jennie of Biblio File
is sharing the poem by Naomi Shihab Nye
that opens the book Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration
by Ann Bauseum.
Welcome back folks! It's a bit after 7:00 pm and I'm coming to you thanks to the University's internet connection. Hey, it may be work, but my office has air conditioning! And now, on with the poetry parade.
Jone of Check It Out
is sharing an original list poem on Summer 2011
is sharing an original poem entitled Seasonal Junction
is sharing the poem Short Order Cook
by Jim Daniels.
Karissa Knox of The Iris Chronicles
is sharing a ghazal by Agha Shahid Ali
Ruth of There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town
is sharing the lyrics from the Sara Groves song Fireflies and Songs
The poetry stretch this week challenged folks to write about the forces of nature. Boy, did they deliver! You'll find some terrific pieces by Jane Yolen, J. Patrick Lewis, Kate Coombs, Steven Withrow, Diane Mayr, Amy LV, and Carol Weis at Monday Poetry Stretch - Natural Forces
I'll check back in first thing on Saturday to round up any late posts. Enjoy your weekend. I hope it's filled with poetry!