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On July 9, we met at Frances’ house to contemplate the weather. Here’s what we discussed.

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

Poem in October

Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) – bio

October’s Bright Blue Weather

Helen Hunt Jackson ca. 1875

Helen Hunt Jackson ca. 1875

ee cummings (1894-1962) –bio

what if much of a which of a wind

Robert Frost  (1874-1963) – bio

A Line-storm Song

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) – bio

Fear no more the heat o’ the sun

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

Debora Greger (1949- ) – bio

The Poetry of Bad Weather

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) – bio

Sonnet XVIII – Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Frank Wigglesworth Clarke (1847-1931) – bio

An Ode to Pluviculture or The Rhyme of the Rain Machine

Frank Wigglesworth Clarke and Friends

Frank Wigglesworth Clarke and Friends

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As promised in my earlier post, here is a look at what Jan, Diana, and I experienced at the Academy of American Poets National Poetry Month kickoff gala  “Poetry and the Creative Mind”. Frances, we missed you and were sorry you couldn’t be with us that night. Thank you for organizing us!

The evening’s format entailed various celebrities choosing favorite poems to read. All were excellent, but Dianne Reeves was a standout as she read Queen of the Blues with all the gusto of the bluesy jazz singer that she his. A few readers departed from the printed program. I’ve made notes on poems that were listed but not read. I’ve added in the ones read that were not listed in the program except for one that Liz Smith read before reading Miniver Cheevy. I didn’t catch the poet or the title or enough of the poem to find it online. If anyone knows what poem that was, please let me know.

National Poetry Month began in 1996 and has become “the largest literary celebration in the world.” This event raised funds to support the Academy’s efforts to supply free classroom materials to more than 200,000 schools during National Poetry Month.

Yusef Komunyakaa, Former Chancellor, Academy of American Poets

Robert HaydenNames
Robert HaydenSphinx
Robert HaydenMonet’s Waterlilies

Jonathan Demme, film director

Randall JarrellThe Lost Children

Graydon Carter, editor, Vanity Fair

Dorothy ParkerOur Office: A Hate Song

Liz Smith, gossip columnist

Langston HughesLet America Be America Again [updated thanks to Isabel]
Edwin Arlington RobinsonMiniver Cheevy

Phillipe de Montebello, director, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Theodore RoethkeThe Geranium
Wallace Stevens The Snow Man
Edna St. Vincent MillayDirge Without Music
Edgar Allan Poe The Valley of Unrest
Ezra PoundThe Garden
W. H. Auden
Musee des Beaux Arts
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fable
Sylvia Plath
Apprehensions [listed but not read]

Candace Bushnell, author

Gertrude SteinStanzas in Meditation
Gertrude SteinFrom A Grammarian
Gertrude SteinFrom Saving the Sentence

Robert Caro, author

Robert FrostThe Bearer of Evil Tidings
Emily DickinsonHope is the thing with feathers
Emily DickinsonA Man may make a Remark
Edward HirschThe Branch Library
Edward HirschSpecial Orders
Edward HirschElegy for the Jewish Villages

Dianne Reeves, jazz vocalist

Gwendolyn BrooksA Song in the Front Yard
Gwendolyn Brooks
Queen of the Blues
James Weldon JohnsonGo Down Death

John Guare, playwright

William Carlos WilliamsFrom Ashphodel, That Greeny Flower

Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News

Charlotte Perkins GilmanThe Anti-Suffragists
Emily DickinsonI measure every Grief I meet
ee cummingsmaggie and milly and molly and may
Langston HughesDreams [omitted]

Meryl Streep, actress

Wallace Stevens Sunday Morning
Walt Whitman
Miracles
Walt Whitman A Noiseless Patient Spider

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Our poetry club began on Sunday, March 4…and what a kickoff it was! Our theme was favorite poem or favorite poet. All nine of us took turns reading our favorites which included:

e e cummings – bio

 my father moved through dooms of love

Robert Frostbio

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Joyce Kilmerbio

 Trees

Christopher Marlowebio

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Sir Walter Raleghbio

The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd

Dalia Ravikovitch – bio

In the year to come, in the days to come
Pride
 

Laura Riding bio

The World and I

Theodore Roethkebio

I Knew a Woman
The Waking

Wallace Stevensbio

The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm

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