Monthly Archives: April 2012

An Alphabet of Poets – M is for Miller

Without Ceremony   Except ourselves, we have no other prayer; Our needs are sores upon our nakedness. We do not have to name them; we are here. And You who can make eyes can see no less. We fall, not on our knees, but on our hearts, A posture humbler far and more downcast; While […]

An Alphabet of Poets – M is for Mueller

    In Passing How swiftly the strained honey of afternoon light flows into darkness and the closed bud shrugs off its special mystery in order to break into blossom as if what exists, exists so that it can be lost and become precious. Liesel Mueller,  from Alive Together – New and Selected Poems, LSU […]

An Alphabet of Poets – M is for MacEwen

Dark Pines Under Water This land like a mirror turns you inward And you become a forest in a furtive lake; The dark pines of your mind reach downward, You dream in the green of your time, Your memory is a row of sinking pines. Explorer, you tell yourself, this is not what you came […]

An Alphabet of Poets – L is for Levertov

The Ache of Marriage thigh and tongue, beloved, are heavy with it, it throbs in the teeth We look for communion and are turned away, beloved, each and each It is leviathan and we in its belly looking for joy, some joy not to be known outside it two by two in the ark of […]

An Alphabet of Poets – K is for Kamienska

A PATH IN THE WOODS I don’t trust the truth of memories because what leaves us departs forever There’s only one current of this sacred river but I still want to remain faithful to my first astonishments to recognize as wisdom the child’s wonder and to carry in myself until the end a path in […]

An Alphabet of Poets – J is for Jarman

An Alphabet of Poets – J is for Jarman from THE WORD “ANSWER” With this prayer I am making up a God On a gray day, prophesying snow. I pray that God be immanent as snow When it has fallen thickly, a deep God. With this prayer I am making up a God Who answers […]

An Alphabet of Poets – I is for Issa

The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet— 1819 Kobayashi Issa from The Essential Haiku – Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa, The Ecco Press, 1994, edited and translated by Robert Hass In my search for poets whose last name started with I, and there aren’t many, trust me, I […]

An Alphabet of Poets – I is for Ignatow (and Bly)

  THREE IN TRANSITION (FOR WCW) I wish I understood the beauty in leaves falling. To whom are we beautiful as we go? I lie in the field still, absorbing the stars and silently throwing off their presence. Silently I breathe and die by turns. He was ripe and fell to the ground from a […]

An Alphabet of Poets – H is for Hikmet

It’s This Way I stand in the advancing light, my hands hungry, the world beautiful. My eyes can’t get enough of the trees – they’re so hopeful, so green. A sunny road runs through the mulberries, I’m at a window of the prison infirmary. I can’t smell the medicines – carnations must be blooming nearby. […]

An Alphabet of Poets – G is for Garnett

Worship Light beginning again in the east, superstitions of nut hatches and finches, heartbreak of robin’s eggs. Tell me about that colour. Not this mud-light tipped from a rain barrel, this wet earth knotted into a rope, loose twist of water, loose twist of darkness. No.  This other, this speckled light, this fawn light born […]