World Poetry Day














Hello all!

Today is World Poetry Day, and pretty soon I’m headed to hear some at the Breakwater Reading Series.  So come join us, or at least put a poem in your pocket.

Some links from around the web on this sunny Friday:

“Sestina” was the first Elizabeth Bishop poem I ever read.

I find this funny every time: Keats’ “To Mrs. Reynold’s Cat.”

A student shared this with me: the shape of stories, according to Kurt Vonnegut.  (My student showed me ‘before’ and ‘after’ shapes of his story for class, pre and post revisions.  Love that.)

Speaking of students, here are some poems my EN202 writers read last year:

Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to Salt.”

Margaret Atwood’s “Variation(s) on the Word Sleep.”  Some students found this creepy, but others thought it beautiful.

“Father” by Ted Kooser.

And, because it’s fun to see what the kids are reading these days, here are some poems that those same students shared with me:

“someone should write me a love poem but I’m stuck doing it myself” by Daphne Gottlieb.  Yes. My thoughts exactly.

“Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allen Poe.

“Dinner Guest: Me” by Langston Hughes.

They have pretty good taste, right?  Happy Friday, and feel free to post a link to a poem below!




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