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David Orr on the classic American poem almost everyone gets hopelessly wrong.

Source: ‘The Road Not Taken,’ by David Orr – The New York Times

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Found this on the PBS web site…fun!

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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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It’s been a year of very successful poetry studies. Thank you all for your inspiring poetic contributions and thoughtful interpretations. I must tell you that I enjoy our gatherings very much…who would have thought that a group of such disparate people could find a wealth of common ground through a shared interest in verse.

Jason Shinder (1955-2008)

Jason Shinder (1955-2008)

I was moved to write this post when I came across this eulogy of Jason Shinder in the NY Times. Born in 1955, he was our contemporary or thereabouts. I hadn’t heard of Jason Shinder before, sadly. But reading the article, his apparent passion for poetry reminded me of our little group. He didn’t publish much of his own poetry. The article quotes him as saying, “I’m not that good yet, but I’ll get there.” Instead, he spent his time editing a number of poetry anthologies, an activity which is not unlike our monthly thematic adventures where we find common threads across a gamut of poems.

You can read some of Jason’s poetry at the Academy of American Poets site.

Happy New Year to all you poetry fans. I wish you much peace, love and harmony in 2009! And I can’t wait to hear what poems you’ll come up with next!

Peace, Love, & Harmony

Peace, Love, & Harmony

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