Sep 22, 2016

“This is the world I want to live in”: Poetry Links

Page with Mary Oliver poem Dogfish
The other day I asked my Twitter friends for poetry recommendations, and in the conversation that followed I was reminded of how much I appreciate being in touch with such knowledgeable, generous people. I love my online bookish circle: between you you’ve read everything, and you’re very good at coming up with suggestions that are perfect for my taste, interests and sensibility.

That conversation was a gift, so in return I wanted to share a collection of poems I love and which are available online. I’ve been reading more poetry this year, for no particular reason other than that I’ve been remembering to. The links that follow are to old favourites as well as to more recent discoveries, and the one thing they have in common is that they make me feel something.
Is there a poem that moves you that you could link to? Don’t feel that you have to, of course, but if you can think of anything I would be very grateful if you were to share it in the comments.

15 comments:

  1. one of the poems that I've loved for more than ten years now: http://www.onbeing.org/program/david-whyte-the-conversational-nature-of-reality/extra/everything-is-waiting-for-you/8559

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing! It's so full of hope.

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  2. Ah! there are many that I hold dear- I have a little booklet I keep of my favorites- but not sure if I can find any online. I will look, to share w/you.

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    1. Thank you! Do let me know if you find any!

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  3. I have a pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/corvus/poetry/

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    1. Thank you! I'm so looking forward to exploring it!

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  4. Jane Kenyon is one of my favorite poets. Some of her poetry is very sad, about her struggles with depression, but I do love Let Evening Come, which I find beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing it. I read some of her others and liked them a lot too, especially "After An Illness, Walking the Dog".

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  5. Lately while I have been reading novels written by men, I have been on the look out for ways they try to understand/figure out women. An enjoyable exercise. The poetry I am reading these days is a collection of W B Yeats poems and when he is not being political he is being sad about love and women. But I have found wisdom there as well.

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    1. It's been a long time since I read him, but I remember that too.

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  6. Another Jane Kenyon here, Otherwise. My husband and I both love this so much we have a framed broadsheet of it on the wall in the dining room.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing! I like that a lot.

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  7. I hope it's not too late to comment here, but I absolutely have to put in a word for some of my favourite poems (besides those which have already been mentioned here). I love 'Nine Things About Oracles' by Jo Walton, and 'The Man With Many Pens' by Jonathan Wells. But my favourite poem of all time is 'Homing Pigeon' by Mahmoud Darwish (which unfortunately I can only find translated at a post on Yahoo Answers), which is just gorgeous.

    I also love a lot of the Middle Irish poetry that I studied for my PhD, but it's hard to find it online. I should post some translations at some point.

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    1. It's never too late! Thank you so much for sharing - the three you link to here are beautiful, and I would definitely love to read some Middle Irish poetry translations if you posted them.

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