Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Last Night We Saw South Pacific" by James Applewhite :

"Last Night We Saw South Pacific" is one of the poems in James Applewhite's book A Diary of Altered Light: Poems, a book that was published in 2006 by Louisiana State University Press. To read that poem, click here.

"The hydrangea blooms
its dry blue, burns a brown lavender."
-- James Applewhite
in his poem "Last Night We Saw South Pacific"

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Buffalo Dusk" by Carl Sandburg

"If it ain't poetry, it's history." So said Carl Sandburg about his poem "Buffalo Dusk." To read that poem and to listen to an audio recording of Carl Sandburg reading that poem of his, click here.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit (1922) is a children's book written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson. It is the story of a stuffed rabbit and his desire to become real, through the love of his owner. To read The Velveteen Rabbit in its entirety, click here.

Margery Williams (1881-1944)
English-American author,
primarily of popular children's books

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Choices" by Tess Gallagher : The Poetry Foundation

The poem "Choices" by American poet, essayist, and short-story writer Tess Gallagher is good for children. It is one of my favorite poems about nature. To read that poem, click here.

Tess Gallagher
(Photo by Brian Farrell)

Monday, July 17, 2017

"Bowling in Heaven" by Emily Ransdell : American Life in Poetry

American Life in Poetry: Column 643


Here's a lovely poem that imagines the afterlife by Emily Ransdell, who divides her time between Washington and the Oregon coast. This poem appeared first in The Cortland Review.

Bowling in Heaven

Introduction copyright 2017 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. Introduction reprinted by permission of The Poetry Foundation.

Ted Kooser
American poet

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Video: Tess Gallagher's poem "Choices" from Motionpoems

This video, this short film, is Tess Gallagher's contemporary poem "Choices" retold from the filmmaker's perspective. To watch this video, click here.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

"Autism Screening Questionnaire -- Speech and Language Delay" by Oliver de la Paz : Poetry Magazine

"Autism Screening Questionnaire -- Speech and Language Delay" is a poem by Asian-American poet Oliver de la Paz in the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine. In 2010 Oliver de la Paz's son was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. To read that poem and to listen to an audio recording of Oliver de la Paz reading that poem of his, click here.

(Photo by Caleb Young)