National Poetry Month – The Last Post.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month of poetry. Let’s end as we began. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo speaks for the better part of an hour, including a song on her flute. What do you think of Joy Harjo’s recitation contrasted with Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath? My cat Bella was … Continue ReadingNational Poetry Month – The Last Post.

National Poetry Month #28 – At Last, Sylvia Plath

“The Applicant,” read by the poet. While I love the reading, I can’t reconcile the angry Hamptons voice with the lost child face; based on the comments on this video (on YouTube), I seem to stand alone. She was just over 30 when she taped off her kitchen to protect … Continue ReadingNational Poetry Month #28 – At Last, Sylvia Plath

National Poetry Month #24 – Max Ehrmann

The poem Desiderata, written nearly a century ago, gained popularity in the 1960’s and 70’s. The words of the poem were ubiquitous when I was in my early teens; I remember seeing them on posters everywhere. I think I bought one of those posters. The words spoke to my angst-filled, … Continue ReadingNational Poetry Month #24 – Max Ehrmann

National Poetry Month #23 – e.e. cummings

Poet e.e. cummings reads his poem “i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart).” I’m sharing this poem as an homage to my high school A.P. English teacher, who first introduced me to cummings – but even so, I think if cummings recited this poem to … Continue ReadingNational Poetry Month #23 – e.e. cummings