I subscribed to “Poem a Day” services from the Academy of American Poets and the Poetry Foundation. Many props to Justine for pointing these out to me. I’ve already forwarded these poems to my list when they came out piecemeal but figured it might be nice to have the poetry in one place, similar to my Link Roundups for mellifluously@. I’m curious to see if any patterns emerge.
Here are some new poems that I haven’t sent out to the list yet and was saving them for just the right occasion. This post is already too long though, so I’m just sending them out now.
- “The Gods Among Us” – C. Dale Young
- “I Have Not Come Here to Compare Notes But to Sit Together in the Stillness at the Edge of This Wound” – David Kirby
- “Consulting an Elder Poet on an Anti-War Poem” – Duane Niatum
- “The Legend” – Garrett Hongo
- “Age of Beauty” – Emilia Phillips
- “Snow” – Frederick Seidel
- “The Time Machine” -Laura Kasischke
- “Age Appropriate” – Philip Schultz
Here are the old poems that I’ve sent out to the list previously:
- “Letter to the Northern Lights” – Aimee Nezhukumatathil
- “Electrons” – Ruth Madievsky
- “dem bones” – Richard Scott
- “An Accounting” – Brett Fletcher Lauer
- “Meditations on a Grapefruit” – Craig Arnold
- “Glacier National Park and the Elegy” – Prageeta Sharma
- “How Wonderful” – Irving Feldman
- “Rendition” – Katrina Roberts
- “Of Robert Frost” – Gwendolyn Brooks
- “The Second Coming” – William Butler Yeats
Here are some poems that did not come form the daily service but are old poems that I have found in my chat history ranging from 2013 to 2015 that I still like.
- “Childhood is the Kingdom where Nobody Dies”- Edna St. Vincent Millay
- “Not Waving but Drowning” – Stevie Smith
- “This is Just to Say” – William Carlos Williams
- “A Supermarket in California” – Allen Ginsberg
- “Dover Beach” – Matthew Arnold
- “Unit of Measure” – Sandra Beasley
- “The World is Too Much With Us” – William Wordsworth
- “Cheerios” – Billy Collins
- “Love Letter from a Scientist” – Tumblr user mccoyquialisms
- “On Loving an Engineer” – Allan Ko
Overall, I’m seeing patterns of natural settings and invoking the sublime, discussions of the interplay between science and emotion, and fruit. As expected, making literary references and Asian-American / female themes are fairly appealing to me, although I’m a bit surprised there’s not more.
I also find it interesting that my tastes seem to have changed and I’m moving away from less blatantly sentimental / humorous stuff (sorry Billy Collins).
“The Gods Among Us” is very powerful to me, not only for its similarities with American Gods, but also because it touches on a lot of themes that I wanted to talk about with my own fictional character, The Girl with Fish Wings. If you’ve been to my room and seen my whiteboard, you’ve seen some storyboarding that I’ve done with her. I am definitely planning to read C. Dale Young’s book “Halo” and see if I can incorporate or riff off of some of his ideas.
I am very darkly amused that “The Legend” is marked as “good for children”. It’s an interesting choice, but on further reflection, I could totally see my folks sharing this with me.
Reposting my commentary about “Rendtion”:
I feel like this is one of the most accurate poems about how my thought process works, especially the drawing dumb connections from Youtube videos to other more meaningful topics with literary (and not so literary) scattered in between. I read somewhere that Hollywood depictions of people thinking is unrealistic because “people don’t think in complete sentences”, but I don’t think this is actually super true for me. Joyce’s stream of consciousness writing also just feels too abrupt in its transitions, but this really feels right:
of hygienic concerns. My people are mostly furred or plumed.
On death row, is hope a “thing with feathers”? Anesthetized,
I could watch the slow loris all day taking gifts from a stranger’s
hand. The last time I saw my father, before he chose to leave
Also I’m bad at reading and thought it was Klimt saying the rest of the poem and thought this poem was doing some weird transgressive things with chronology – like as if Klimt is talking about watching Youtube videos of a slow loris or commenting how his state has hanging as an option. I’m actually a little disappointed that this is not the case.
Stay literary, my friends.