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    Lightbulb the most recent poem you have read

    why not post or share you most recent poem you have so far.
    it would be good to read it too
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    here is one I read recently entitled



    Elegance
    by Linda Gregg

    All that is uncared for.
    Left alone in the stillness
    in that pure silence married
    to the stillness of nature.
    A door off its hinges,
    shade and shadows in an empty room.
    Leaks for light. Raw where
    the tin roof rusted through.
    The rustle of weeds in their
    different kinds of air in the mornings,
    year after year.
    A pecan tree, and the house
    made out of mud bricks. Accurate
    and unexpected beauty, rattling
    and singing. If not to the sun,
    then to nothing and to no one.
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Oh, man. (walks to room for book like every other post) The most recent poem I've read is recent, "Home Burial" by Robert Frost. I'm going through his book of complete poems. It's a big long. Part of it reads:

    You couldn't care! The nearest friends can go
    With anyone to death, comes so far short
    They might as well not try to go at all.

    I'm also reading E. E. Cummings, and I have Emily Dickinson on the backburner. I would like to read some recent Shakespearean sonnets by a single author to spruce me up on the medium. I have read Shakespeare's sonnets.

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    That's a really beautiful poem, cacian. And Robert Frost is always good, Whosis, maybe particularly when he is discoursing on death, which is not how we generally think of him.

    Here is one I came across in the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott that I just read. It's a poem by Sharon Olds. I just had such a strong reaction to it. I knew-I knew exactly how she felt.

    I Go Back to May 1937


    I see them standing at the formal gates of their colleges,
    I see my father strolling out
    under the ochre sandstone arch, the
    red tiles glinting like bent
    plates of blood behind his head, I
    see my mother with a few light books at her hip
    standing at the pillar made of tiny bricks,
    the wrought-iron gate still open behind her, its
    sword-tips aglow in the May air,
    they are about to graduate, they are about to get married,
    they are kids, they are dumb, all they know is they are
    innocent, they would never hurt anybody.
    I want to go up to them and say Stop,
    donít do itósheís the wrong woman,
    heís the wrong man, you are going to do things
    you cannot imagine you would ever do,
    you are going to do bad things to children,
    you are going to suffer in ways you have not heard of,
    you are going to want to die. I want to go
    up to them there in the late May sunlight and say it,
    her hungry pretty face turning to me,
    her pitiful beautiful untouched body,
    his arrogant handsome face turning to me,
    his pitiful beautiful untouched body,
    but I donít do it. I want to live. I
    take them up like the male and female
    paper dolls and bang them together
    at the hips, like chips of flint, as if to
    strike sparks from them, I say
    Do what you are going to do, and I will tell about it.
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
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    Quote Originally Posted by qimissung View Post
    That's a really beautiful poem, cacian. And Robert Frost is always good, Whosis, maybe particularly when he is discoursing on death, which is not how we generally think of him.

    Here is one I came across in the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott that I just read. It's a poem by Sharon Olds. I just had such a strong reaction to it. I knew-I knew exactly how she felt.

    I Go Back to May 1937


    I see them standing at the formal gates of their colleges,
    I see my father strolling out
    under the ochre sandstone arch, the
    red tiles glinting like bent
    plates of blood behind his head, I
    see my mother with a few light books at her hip
    standing at the pillar made of tiny bricks,
    the wrought-iron gate still open behind her, its
    sword-tips aglow in the May air,
    they are about to graduate, they are about to get married,
    they are kids, they are dumb, all they know is they are
    innocent, they would never hurt anybody.
    I want to go up to them and say Stop,
    don’t do it—she’s the wrong woman,
    he’s the wrong man, you are going to do things
    you cannot imagine you would ever do,
    you are going to do bad things to children,
    you are going to suffer in ways you have not heard of,
    you are going to want to die. I want to go
    up to them there in the late May sunlight and say it,
    her hungry pretty face turning to me,
    her pitiful beautiful untouched body,
    his arrogant handsome face turning to me,
    his pitiful beautiful untouched body,
    but I don’t do it. I want to live. I
    take them up like the male and female
    paper dolls and bang them together
    at the hips, like chips of flint, as if to
    strike sparks from them, I say
    Do what you are going to do, and I will tell about it.
    Crikey, that's strong stuff. What a powerful poem.
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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    I know, right!?
    "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its' own reason for existing." ~ Albert Einstein
    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Bonzai
    "Some people say I done alright for a girl." Melanie Safka

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    I enjoyed reading Sharon Old's Stags Leap.

    At the moment I'm reading the current issue of Rattle: www.rattle.com

    The back issues are available and to pick out one as an example, I liked "Rome" by Toi Derricote: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/rome-by-toi-derricotte/

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacian View Post
    here is one I read recently entitled



    Elegance
    by Linda Gregg

    All that is uncared for.
    Left alone in the stillness
    in that pure silence married
    to the stillness of nature.
    A door off its hinges,
    shade and shadows in an empty room.
    Leaks for light. Raw where
    the tin roof rusted through.
    The rustle of weeds in their
    different kinds of air in the mornings,
    year after year.
    A pecan tree, and the house
    made out of mud bricks. Accurate
    and unexpected beauty, rattling
    and singing. If not to the sun,
    then to nothing and to no one.
    Elegance is really elegant and I like this poem so much that I am internalizing every line of it. Your choice is really superb and I am looking up for the life of this poet. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YesNo View Post
    I enjoyed reading Sharon Old's Stags Leap.

    At the moment I'm reading the current issue of Rattle: www.rattle.com

    The back issues are available and to pick out one as an example, I liked "Rome" by Toi Derricote: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/rome-by-toi-derricotte/
    amasing piece by the 11 year old so lurid and yet simple. raw talent indeed
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Quote Originally Posted by osho View Post
    Elegance is really elegant and I like this poem so much that I am internalizing every line of it. Your choice is really superb and I am looking up for the life of this poet. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.
    hey osho so glad you liked this one
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Right now I'm reading the latest issue of American Poetry Review, which, sadly, isn't digitized so I can't post anything; which is no great loss since I haven't read anything of real high quality in the latest issue yet.
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    Liberty by Edward Thomas

    The last light has gone out of the world, except
    This moonlight lying on the grass like frost
    Beyond the brink of the tall elm's shadow.
    It is as if everything else had slept
    Many an age, unforgotten and lost -
    The men that were, the things done, long ago,
    All I have thought; and but the moon and I
    Live yet and here stand idle over a grave
    Where all is buried. Both have liberty
    To dream what we could do if we were free
    To do some thing we had desired long,
    The moon and I. There's none less free than who
    Does nothing and has nothing else to do,
    Being free only for what is not to his mind,
    And nothing is to his mind. If every hour
    Like this one passing that I have spent among
    The wiser others when I have forgot
    To wonder whether I was free or not,
    Were piled before me, and not lost behind,
    And I could take and carry them away
    I should be rich; or if I had the power
    To wipe out every one and not again
    Regret, I should be rich to be so poor.
    And yet I still am half in love with pain,
    With what is imperfect, with both tears and mirth,
    With things that have an end, with life and earth,
    And this moon that leaves me dark within the door.

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    Most recent poem I've read is in Latin. By Catullus. Poem 1, to be precise. I'll not post the text.
    'So - this is where we stand. Win all, lose all,
    we have come to this: the crisis of our lives'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poetaster View Post
    Most recent poem I've read is in Latin. By Catullus. Poem 1, to be precise. I'll not post the text.
    why not?
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacian View Post
    why not?
    I didn't think anyone would be interested, but it's thus:

    I.

    Cui dono lepidum novum libellum
    arida modo pumice expolitum?
    Corneli, tibi: namque tu solebas
    meas esse aliquid putare nugas.
    Iam tum, cum ausus es unus Italorum
    omne aevum tribus explicare cartis . . .
    Doctis, Iuppiter, et laboriosis!
    Quare habe tibi quidquid hoc libelli—
    qualecumque, quod, o patrona virgo,
    plus uno maneat perenne saeclo!

    I love the rhythm in this poem.
    'So - this is where we stand. Win all, lose all,
    we have come to this: the crisis of our lives'

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