Archive for the ‘Robert Frost’ Category

For our January meeting, we focused on poets who had earned a distinctive honor in celebration of poetry coming back to the inaugural activities.

Maxine Kumin (1925- ) – Pulitzer prize winner for Poems of New England in 1972, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire


Kay Ryan (1945- ) – appointed the 16th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by the Library of Congress

The Edges or Time
A Cat/A Future
Things Shouldn’t Be So Hard

Robert Frost (1874-1963) –  delivered poem at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961

The Gift Outright

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) – first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone

Annabel Lee

Maya Angelou (1928- ) – delivered poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993

Still I Rise
Woman Work
On the Pulse of Morning
The Health-Food Diner

Wislawa Symborska (1923-) – Nobel laureate, 1996

Under One Small Star

Margaret Atwood (1939- ) – multiple award winner for poetry and literature

More and More

Gabriela Mistral (Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga) (1889-1957) – first female Latin American poet to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945.

The Stranger
I Am Not Alone

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Ellen hosted our gathering in October where we studied landscapes.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) – bio

Mist Marches Across the Valley
Crossing Ohio When Poppies Bloom in Ashtabula

Robert Frost (1874-1963) – bio

The Mountain
The Road Not Taken

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) – bio

Landscape With the Fall of Icarus

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) – bio

God’s World

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) – Wordsworth Trust; poet’s bio

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud  aka The Daffodils and the Wordsworth Rap

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) – bio

The Land of the Counterpane

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) – poet’s Web page; other bio


Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) – bio

I Know, I Remember, But How Can I Help You
Song of the Two Crows

Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) – bio

What Did I Learn in the Wars?
End of Summer in the Judean Mountains

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) – poet’s homepage; other bio

Six Significant Landscapes

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) – Wordsworth Trust; poet’s bio

Lines Composed Above Tintern Abbey

Garrett Kaoru Hongo (1951- ) – bio

Yellow Light

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Jusangjollidae Cliff, Jeju Island, South Korea 2008   

Jusangjollidae Cliff, Jeju Island, South Korea 2008

Thinking about water, we shared these poems at Dan and Gloria’s house on September 7.

Bobbi Katz bio

Things to Do If You Are the Rain

Bruce Balan (1959- )-bio

Wet Dog

The Dog

Robert Frost  (1874-1963) – bio

Once by the Pacific

Going for Water

Kay Ryan (1945- )-bio

The Niagara River (with audio)


 Beatrice V ()-bio


Nikolay Gumilyov (1886-1921)-bio

The Giraffe

Pablo Neruda  (1904-1973) – bio

Rain (Rapa Nui)

John Masefield  (1878-1967)- bio


Robert Hayden (1913-1980)-bio

Monet’s Waterlilies

David Ferry  (1924- )-bio

Lake Water

Lauryn Hill  (1975- )-bio

Just Like Water

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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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During our March gathering we focused on water at Dan and Gloria’s house. Water–still pools, oceans, rain-filled potholes, clinking ice cubes, delivered by garden hose, a crystal glass, wooden buckets, water coolers, water guns, whatever.

Geraldine Clinton Little (1925-1997) – bio

Creek Rites – This poem is published in The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary  edited by Emanuel di Pasquale, Sander Zulauf, and Frank Finale. I couldn’t find Creek Rites anywhere on the Internet. If you’d like the full poem, leave a comment and I will get it to you.

Robert Pinsky (1940- ) – bio

Jersey Rain

Richard Hughes (1900-1976) – bio

The Singing Furies (scroll down to the middle of the page, you’ll find the poem)

Mary Oliver (1935- ) – bio

At Blackwater Pond

Robert Frost (1874-1963) – bio

Spring Pools

Natasha Trethewey (1966-), 2007 Pulitzer winner –  bio

Theories of Time and Space audio version, video of the poet reading this poem, interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air

William Stafford (1914-1993) – bio

Listening to the Tide
Ask Me
Being a Person

Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) – bio

There is weeping in my heart both the original French version and the English translation. This poem can be found in a variety of musical settings. Here’s is Buddy Holly’s interpretation which he called “Raining in My Heart”

Marilyn Taylorbio

The Blue Water Buffalo

Charles Simic (1938-) – bio


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)- bio

Under the Waterfall

Howard Nemerov (1920-1991) – bio

The Goose Fish

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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
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
Walt Whitman A Noiseless Patient Spider

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Joy Burki-Watson left us another gift recently. But it is buried in the comments of our first post entitled We Begin which was written almost…almost…one year ago. Joy’s efforts certainly deserve more prominence than that. Joy asks for comments…feel free to leave your thoughts below or go to Joy’s Web site

Here is Joy’s post:

I  wanted to leave my poetical tribute for Robert Frost with you to comment on:

A Poet’s Poet (Robert Frost)

Whose words employ keen sense for wait,
Condense clear thought, embody fate?
Then pausing find the mind to share
Adventure’s ride through God’s estate.

With stylish class and natural flair
Keen eye observes and then lays bare
A sense that sates in finer wine,
Compassion’s grace save blinding glare.

A promise made then shared in rhyme
Each milestone laid still marking time.
From woods of snow to climax height
With ceaseless care for upward climb.

‘Tis Frost that warms stark still of night,
Lends wind to wings for lofty flight,
Who takes my days and paints them bright
And all because he paused to write …

© 2008 Joy A. Burki-Watson

Author notes:
My thoughts on a poet’s poet and how their dedication to sharing those silent moments can arouse one’s silent self to walk along.

A contest entry:
“In Honor of Frost” by Jim Berkheiser. 1560 points, ends February 5, 6 entries


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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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


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

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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