Monday, July 25

Nothing's Cooler Than A Poet (snap snap)

by Scott Lydon

Unless you're in some place like, um, Seattle, you've probably been dealing with a week full of absolutely scorching heat. But be happy! All that suffering is about to pay off! Because after what you've endured, you're in the right sort of mood to understand Hailey Leithauser's Fever, a swelteringly-good poem from 2009.

As you've come to expect from us cheapskates, we don't have any reprint rights, so we're not posting the poem on our site. We will, however, choose to exercise our fair-use rights and let you know that Fever is stuffed with wonderful word-bits like "the frowsy ruff of owls" and 'corkscrewed sheets of cots" which really capture the feeling of those hot days when your home begins to feel like a stranger's. It's a very nice poem and a short single serving, so head on over and enjoy.

And for those of you who don't care about poetry, we offer this.

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Tuesday, May 31

Summer's Here And The Time Is Right For Reading Poetry

by Scott Lydon

We've made it to summer. How about a little summer poetry?

William Henry Davies spent much of his life as a tramp on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, but after losing his leg, began serious work on his poetry. Just like Eminem to Dr. Dre, Davies got noticed by George Bernard Shaw, and suddenly caught on with the public. We don't have the reprint rights, so aim your bird-like spirit over here to check out the poem, then hurry back to our comments and discuss.

And as always, for those who don't care about poetry, we offer this.

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Monday, February 21

Another Branch On The Poetry

by Scott Lydon

How embarrassing. It's almost March, and we haven't even kept to our resolution about finding more poetry. So here's a poem from Kate Light, entitled And Then There Is That Incredible Moment, published in 1997. As often seems to happen, we don't have permission to reprint her work, so we're just linking to somewhere else. Let stranger be sued if such beauty be stolen!

Pretty good stanza, right? Yeah, we're expecting to get a Pulitzer any day now. But we don't let it go to our head.

Also, for those of you who don't care about poetry, we offer this.

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Monday, December 20

[little tree], A Christmas Poem

by Scott Lydon

After learning how many of you love poetry, we made a resolution to try and class up the joint by adding a few more posts aimed at the snooty literati. Today we're linking you to Poetry Magazine, where we've found a lovely Christmas poem from the great e.e cummings. It's called [little tree] and we hope that you enjoy it! Also we hope you discuss it in our forums so that we can look like we're smart and then maybe get that MacArthur Genius Grant we've been hoping for. Oh, um, we mean "for which we'd been hoping."

And for those of you who don't care about poetry, we offer this.

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