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Archive for July, 2007

Rain did not dampen our poetic spirits on Sunday, July 29, probably because we were sitting in Jan’s sunroom. How can you not feel sunny while sitting in such a room? Our poems for the afternoon included:

John Keats (1795-1817) – bio and biographical context

Sonnet To Sleep

Sonnet (Why Did I Laugh Tonight?)

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) – Wales ‘greatest’ poet – bio

I Have Longed to Move Away

The Hand That Signed the Paper

Was There A Time

Ray Freed bio

California #40 from his collection called Much Cry Little Wool published in 1990

I couldn’t find this in print on the web, but I did find a video of the poet reading this poem…a must see.

Rena Lee Kofmanbio

To Be Like Moss…

My Skin

Jeffrey Harrison bio

God’s Penis – published most recently in Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience, it appears also to have been published in Harrison’s own collection entitled Incomplete Knowledge in 2006. I was able to find the poem in print on-line although The Southern Review wants to charge you for it.

Narda Bush

Noodling – also from Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience, I couldn’t find any thing anywhere about this poet or this poem. In short, it’s a fun play on words involving a nice Italian story and pasta.

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) – winner of 3 Pulitzer Prizes for poetry

Miniver Cheevy analysis

Robert Browning (1812-1889) – bio

My Last Duchess

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We did do poetry in June although I am deliquent in reporting about it. Here is the list of the poems that we read.

A.J.M. Smith (1918-1981)- Canadian poet – bio  and analysis

The Sorcerer originally Not of the Dust Smith was apparently something of a crafstmen and frequently revisited his poems. This poem was originally published in 1925 as Not of the Dust and then revised in 1954 and re-titled The Sorcerer. You can find both versions on this link about one third down the page.

Roy Campbell  (1901-1957) – South African poet – bio

The Zebras from Adamastor (1930)

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) – African American poet bio

Sympathy – inspiration behind Maya Angelou’s autobiography called I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou  (1928 – ) – bio

Why the Caged Bird Sings – an answer or mirror to Dunbar

A Brave and Startling Truth

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) – bio

Somnambulisma

Angels Surrounded by Paysans

Celia Thaxter (1836-1894) – bio

The Sandpiper

Steven Crane (1871-1900) – bio and analysis

Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War Is Kind

Pablo Neruda – bio

Ode to a Lemon

Ode to a Watch in the Night

Achibald MacLeish (1892-1982) – bio

Summer of the Year

Winter is Another Country

Robert Graves (1895-1985) – bio

Counting the Beats

William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) – bio

Madam, Life’s a Piece in Bloom

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