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The prodigal blogger has returned to poetry and now is trying to get caught up. We met at Frances’ house (last November) and discussed the upcoming election. Of course, since we all seem to share the same political sentiments, there wasn’t a whole lot of spirited debating, at least not about who to support for President. So we meandered into the politics of poetry.

Jan started us off with:

A jingle to help us recall the order of Presidents from Washington to Wilson

And this little gem which I could not find online. It’s from 1972 when Nixon won reelection in a landslide.

The election is over, the results are now known,
The will of the people has clearly been shown.

Let’s all get together and show by our deeds,
That we will give Dick all the help that he needs.

Let bygones by bygones and all bitterness pass,
I’ll hug your elephant if you kiss my ass.

Robert Hayden (1913-1980) – bio

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

from Words in Mourning Time part I which opens with
For King, for Robert Kennedy,
destroyed by those they could not save

Read an analysis here.

Billy Collins (1941- ) – bio

The Future

Carl Adamshick

Our flag

Madeleine Begun Kanebio

McCain Limericks

Sarah Who??

Some Friendly Advice for Obama

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) – bio

Let America Be America Again

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) – bio

If–

My Boy Jack

Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005) – bio

Whose foot is on the treadle

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We laughed and laughed to welcome the summer sun of Karen’s kitchen on June 8. Billy Collins inspires us.

Humor is just an ingredient.  It’s one of the humours if you will of the human spirit, as well as grief and loneliness and whatever other emotional notes we are able to flag on ourselves. I don’t see why it needs to be questioned. You could just as easily ask why is there so much seriousness in poetry?   –Billy Collins 

Billy Collins (1941- ) – bio

The Revenant

I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey’s Version of “Three Blind Mice”

Roger McGough (1937- ) – bio

Survivor

Ogden Nash (1902-1971) – bio

A Word to Husbands

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) – bio

I’m Nobody! Who Are You?

John Hollander (1929 – ) – bio

Being Stung by a Bee on the Lexington Avenue Local

Bee on a Flower

Bee on a Flower by dad 9-1-08

Edward Lear (1812-1888) – bio

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jumblies

The Jumblies

Dog Haiku

Ogden Nash

The Cow

The Ostrich

The Turtle

The Parent

The Fly

The Termite

Song of the Open Road

The Panther (audio)

The Eel

The Hippopotamus

The Dog

Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) – bio

Anteater

Messy Room

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) – bio

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