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Bullet Traveling Through AirIn April, we shared poems about traveling through the air. Diana hosted, inviting us with a lovely little poem:

Along Jersey’s highways and byways,
I sought a topic for the poems
that we will read when we next gather,
April 13, at Frances’s home.

I wish I could outwit distance
and entertain all you poetic folks
here in my five-cat condo
deep in Queens, New York-Glen Oaks.

Instead I’ve settled on a theme
that can fly high, or far, or wide;
my idea is “traveling through the air,”
as by jet, or feathered wings, or power of mind.

So, with many thanks to Frances,
we return to where it all began.
Note that my culinary skills rely on simple foods
if I don’t enlist the aid of husband Dan.

And I won’t ask Dan to cook, but please to drive,
for to me New Jersey is a shape-shifting state.
I hope to see all of you at our appointed time*
with verses to share, and savor, and debate.
*(As usual, 4 p.m.)

 David Pedlow

Viewed from Another Angle

Antoine de Saint Exupery (1900-1944) – bio

Night Flight

John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (1922-1941) – bio

High Flight

Anne Sexton (1928-1974) – bio

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph

Tony Curtis (1946- ) – bio

Icarus

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) – bio

Musee des Beaux Arts

 

Rita Dove (1952- ) – bio

Vacation

Yusef Komunyakaa (1947- ) – bio

Facing It

Brenda Shaughnessy (1970- ) – bio

Drift

William Stafford (1914-1993) – bio

Knowing Where You Are

Maxine Kumin (1925- ) – bio

Flying

Jack Prelutsky (1940- ) – bio

I Am Riding on a Cloud

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) – bio

Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore

William Carlos Williams (1881-1963) – bio

Landscape With the Fall of Icarus

Read more about ekphrasis poetry such as Williams’ Landscape With the Fall of Icarus and Auden’s Musee des Beaux Arts which were both written about Brueghel’s painting entitled Icarus.

 Icarus

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On January 20 we gathered at Jan’s to share our poems about clothing. As Jan says,

Poetry has always been drawn to the subject of dress and undress…

Thus it’s the topic I’ve chosen
be it tunics or robes
or blouses of silk
pantaloons, trousers or lieder hosen.

Poets, it seems, have indeed had a lot to say about what we wear. If it weren’t so, our meeting would not have run so long. We almost didn’t have enough time to give each contribution its due.

Honor Moore (1945- ) – bioessay by Meghan Cleary about shoe poems

New Shoes

Red Shoes

Charles Simic (1938- ), current Poet Laureate – bio from the Library of Congress

My Shoes

Anonymous – Although this poem, which criticizes Black people for buying clothing from racist companies, has been attributed to Maya Angelou, her Web site claims she has no affiliation with it.

Clothes

Marge Piercy (1936- ) – bio

My Mother’s Body – We read section 3.

Donall Dempseybio – haiku entitled “Divesting Oneself of One’s Clothing”

Tree does a striptease
the dance of the thousand leaves
naked in sunset.

Pablo Neruda – (1904-1973) – bio

Ode to Clothing

Anne Sexton – (1928-1974) – bio

Woman with Girdle

The Red Shoes (scroll about halfway down the page)

Robert Herrick (1591-1674) – bio

Upon Julia’s Clothes

Judith Viorst (1931- ) – bio

Sad Underwear

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) – bio

The Sicilian’s Tale; King Robert of Sicily

 William Shakespeare (1564-1616) – bio

Hamlet
Act I. Scene III
Polonius to Laertes
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that.

Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)

Tryin’ On Clothes

Robert Pinsky (1940- ) –bio

Shirt

Anne Waldman (1945- ) –bio

Makeup on Empty Space

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On Sunday, October 21, we indulged in high tea at Karen’s house and read the following poems:

Wislawa Szymborska (1923- ) Nobel prize winner, 1996 –  bio

The Railroad Station

Anne Sexton (1928-1974) – bio

Just Once

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) – bio

The Last Invocation

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) – bio

A Supermarket in California

Morning

Ogden Nash (1902-1971) – bio

Song the Open Road – a parody of Joyce Kilmer’s Trees

Patricia MacLachlan & Emily MacLachlan Charest – Patricia’s bio, Emily’s bio

Once I Ate a Pie

Wang Ping (1957- ) – bio

Syntax

Edwin Morgan (1920- ) – bio

A View of Things

Strawberries – audio by Hamish White and Liz Cameron

Siesta of a Hungarian Snake

Loch Ness Monster’s Song –audio

Paul Muldoon (1951- ) – bio, profile in The New York Times

A Hummingbird

Tupak Shakur (1971-1996)

Untitled rap “Please wake me when I’m free”

Jane Hirshfield (1953- ) – bio

The Stone of Heaven

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