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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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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

Watermelons

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)- bio

Under the Waterfall

Howard Nemerov (1920-1991) – bio

The Goose Fish

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