Poem of the week: “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” By Bob Dylan

Johnny’s in the basement, mixing up the medicine I’m on the pavement, thinking about the government The man in the trench coat, badge out, laid off Says he’s got a bad cough, wants to get it paid off Look out kid, it’s somethin’ you did God knows when, but you’re doin’ it again You betterContinue reading “Poem of the week: “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” By Bob Dylan”

Poem of the Week: Easter, 1916

100 years ago on April 24, an uprising took place against Great Britain’s rule of Ireland. Though the uprising was unsuccessful and many of the prominent Irish leaders involved were executed, the uprising exemplified national pride and revolution. Later that year, poet William Butler Yeats composed “Easter, 1916” describing his conflicted emotions towards the event.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: Easter, 1916”

Poem of the Week: Eating Walnuts

The old man eating walnuts knows the trick: you do it wrong for many years, applying pressure to the seams, to split the shell along its hemispheres. It seems so clear and easy. There’s the line. You follow the instructions, then your snack ends up quite pulverized. You sweep your lap, and mutter, try again.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: Eating Walnuts”

Poem of the Week: The Snow Fairy

By: Claude Mckay I Throughout the afternoon I watched them there, Snow-fairies falling, falling from the sky, Whirling fantastic in the misty air, Contending fierce for space supremacy. And they flew down a mightier force at night, As though in heaven there was revolt and riot, And they, frail things had taken panic flight DownContinue reading “Poem of the Week: The Snow Fairy”

Poem of the Week: Won’t You Celebrate With Me, by Lucille Clifton

won’t you celebrate with me Lucille Clifton won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model. born in babylon both nonwhite and woman what did i see to be except myself? i made it up here on this bridge between starshine and clay, my one handContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Won’t You Celebrate With Me, by Lucille Clifton”

Poem of the Week: Multiple Choice, by Susan Laughter Meyers

Your chickadee has nested in the wrong house, exposed and unprotected. a.    You write to it, praising the green         irony of an open door,         the breeze that airs the bed.         Which light, which shadow? you ask. b.    You listen to what could be song         but sounds more like scoldings         of yourContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Multiple Choice, by Susan Laughter Meyers”

Poem of the Week: “Yes” by Marvin Bell

We need to think of what might grow in the field from our ashes, from the rot of our remains, from tillage and spoilage, from the watery corn plowed under. We need to picture lilies of the valley and the hard weeds on the mountain haloed by clouds, and the minutest beads of water asContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Yes” by Marvin Bell”

Poem of the Week: Knotweed

Knotweed by Cindy Hunter Morgan This morning the horses were cross when I showed up to feed them. They blocked the ladder to the hay mow, would not meet my gaze. You old stick in the mud, I said, just like my grandfather, but they did not budge. Still, I got their hay and fluffedContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Knotweed”

Poem of the Week: Keeping Quiet, by Pablo Neruda

Keeping Quiet Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in any language; let’s stop for one second and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines; we would all be togetherContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Keeping Quiet, by Pablo Neruda”

Poem of the Week: “The Students” by Mark Halliday

The students eat something and then watch the news, a little, then go to sleep. When morning breaks in they find they have not forgotten all: they recall the speckle of words on certain pages of the chapter assigned, a phrase of strange weight from a chapter that was not assigned, and something said almostContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Students” by Mark Halliday”