Thursday, January 13, 2011

3 poems (2nd edition)

It's a longish post, all of which is more than worth your time, but the main reason I'm linking is the poem by William Stafford. The Thoreau quote is awesome too. Oh heck, be sure you read the whole dang thing, and thanks to Nance Marie for tipping me to this one.

Barry MacSweeny's No Such Thing. Read it a few times. It's worth it.

And a little beauty by L. E. Leone, found at the wonderful blog, Robert Frost's Banjo.

And speaking of Robert Frost, it was he who said that a poem "begins in delight and ends in wisdom, it inclines to the impulse, it assumes direction with the first line laid down, it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life—not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion." I'll buy that.


Glynn said...

Just last night, I finished reading "Homage to Robert Frost" by Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott - three Nobel Prize-winning poets. It made realize how little of Frost's poetry I've actually read. So thanks for these links! (And sorry for the removed comment.)

Bob said...

Glynn, I've read most all of his work over the years, I suppose, and I really think he is one of the great writers America has ever produced. Get yourself a portable collection of his work and keep it with you for a while. dip into it frequently. Of course you will have favorites and also you will find clunkers, but the man wrote more than his share of real eye-opening poems. He had a way of seeing the world, an angle of vision, that was utterly his own.

Anonymous said...

enjoyed seeing the longer quote by robert frost, love it.

also, todays post on robert frost's banjo...

cool post.