Monday, April 30, 2012

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)

For some reason the post I'd prepared for yesterday never went up, so I recommend you google "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams if you haven't read it. Since today is the last day of April, I will be posting my favorite poem--another from E. E. Cummings (big surprise, I know). The lines I included in the title are engraved on my husband's wedding ring.

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What's your favorite poem? Please share it in the comments!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Love is not all


Happy Saturday! Today's poem comes from Edna St. Vincent Millay. I love this poem. I think there's a lot of power here, especially in the last line. Thoughts?

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Friday, April 27, 2012

I am courageous. I am Dauntless.

So no poem today. Instead, I'm channeling my DIVERGENT faction: Dauntless! I just started re-reading DIVERGENT last night. Unfortunately I had to come into work this morning and stop reading. Fortunately, we're having a contest today that allowed me to look like this:



The test on Facebook told me I should be Erudite. But I choose Dauntless.

I'm Dauntless because I faced my worst fear a few years ago (telling a family member about a trauma I had gone through). It was just as bad as I thought it would be. My fears came true. And guess what? I came out on the other end. I am courageous. I am strong. I am Dauntless.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

death I think is no parenthesis

Another of my favorites from Cummings. This one feels incredibly appropriate to me right now. Many of my closest friends have lost someone very dear to them sometime within the past ten months. I think poetry can resonate with what we've lost and maybe--just maybe--give us at least a moment of peace and awakening.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Besides, they'll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed

Today's poem is from Langston Hughes: "I, Too, Sing America."


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Two for Tuesday

Today's first poem comes from Marianne Moore. She's one of my favorite poets. It's titled "Poetry."


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Wanting to Die

So many confessional poets are so tragic--often ending their lives with suicide. Although their poems are dark, I think that darkness has its own beauty to it. This poem is called "Wanting to Die" by Anne Sexton.  Anne battled with mental illness most of her life and committed suicide in 1974.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

I measure every grief I meet with narrow, probing eyes

I discovered this poem from Emily Dickinson for the first time today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

We are, I am, you are by cowardice or courage the one who find our way back to this scene

Today's poem is another from Adrienne Rich, titled "Diving into the Wreck."

Enjoy.


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Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday funday...?

This one is for funsies from E. E. Cummings.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

forgetting me,remember me

Today's poem comes from E.E. Cummings. Also, as a note, at the end of the month I'll be removing the text from these poems for copyright reasons. So if you haven't been following along and wanted to catch up later, please keep that in mind!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

RTW: Prom. Oh the drama!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the contributors over at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. Then readers answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This week's topic: It's almost prom season, and since we love to read and write about teenagers, we want to hear your prom stories!

Oh dear. Where do I begin? My junior year of high school was full of all that fun drama that can make or break friendships. I was dating this boy. We broke up. Then my best friend told me she was going to ask him to prom. Then they started dating. We didn't speak for a few weeks (that's her on the far left--also, we're still closest friends).

I'm the one in blue. Ha! Middle, right.

Then there was this boy I was head-over-heals for (funny story, I married the guy). He had been dating one of my other best friends (the girl on the far right). They broke up about a year before, so it was safe. But there was no way I was asking him to the prom. So I asked a mutual friend (see below on the far right). I had two reasons: 1. Said friend was actually a really good friend. 2. I wanted to make the other boy jealous.

Well this other boy (and my prom date, and girl No. 1's prom date i.e. my ex-boyfriend who is number six from the left in the back row below) all went to a different school. In fact, my friend group was split between schools, and we were trying to find a way to all get to the same prom. He decided he wanted to be at our prom and not his, so he asked this girl that I personally was not a huge fan of (that's saying it mildly). She's the one on the far left in pink. About two months before prom, my future husband (second from the left in the Miami Vice suit) and I started dating.



In order to not rock the boat, we kept our prom dates as they were. But man, can you say awkward?

Luckily, we got to go to senior prom together, and I liked that dress way more.


Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That wants it down.

Most of you probably know Robert Frost for "The Road Not Taken," but my personal favorite of his is "The Mending Wall." You could probably spend days if not weeks analyzing this poem (as I did in one of my college classes). I'm curious what you guys think about it. Does anything in particular stick out to you? What sort of feeling did you get from it? I'm not looking for any sort of in-depth analysis, just your sense of the poem on a first or second pass.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tonight no poetry will serve

As I'm sure many of you know, Adrienne Rich passed away less than a month ago. If you haven't read much of her work, I'd strongly recommend it. Her poetry moves me in a way that shakes me at the bones, moving out into my stomach and chest and head. It's a strange sort of feeling. But it's good. Definitely good.


Tonight No Poetry Will Serve

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Monday, April 16, 2012

nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

Today's poem is another from Cummings. I wish I could find the words to describe how this poem affects me, but I don't think it's really possible. I feel it below my diaphragm--a sort of warm sigh. Maybe that's where the soul is. I'm curious to see what you all think.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

And miles to go before I sleep

I'm having a lazy (lovely) Sunday afternoon after a morning full of sponges, rubber gloves, and bleach. For some reason, part of me wishes today were a snowy afternoon--maybe because we had so little snow this past winter. Or maybe I just want hot chocolate. Instead I'm drinking tea. All of that to say, today's poem is Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

This is just to say

I'm sure most of you have read today's poem by William Carlos Williams, but it's one of my favorite. I think the world would be a much better place if we left each other notes around this house in this fashion.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

My father moved through theys of we, singing each new leaf out of each tree

Today's poem (another from Cummings) is one of the most beautiful beautiful beautiful poems I've ever read. I know it's long, but it's completely worth it. Trust me. A reading note: someone once told me to think of the word "why" (when used as a noun) as a child. Also, I cry pretty much every time I read this.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

For I have but the power to kill without the power to die

Today's poem comes from Emily Dickinson. I come back to this poem a lot because I think the emotions behind it are a great starting point for a story. I'm still working out what exactly that story would be though. I hope it inspires you, too!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday: Images and Imagination

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the contributors over at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. Then readers answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.


This week's question: What images inspire/represent your WIP or favorite book?

For me, every story I've ever written has started with the characters. they've come to me in one form or another--an image, a thought, a look in their eyes--and then I knew I had to write a story about them. Here's a picture that inspired Vic, the MC in my current WIP (which I've recently started rewriting!):

Visit Kennedy Noel's site here.

This beautiful girl is Kennedy Noel, a friend and teenage musical artist. The hair, the makeup, the clothes, everything here except for the guitar pick earring just screams Vic. I love when I find something like this.

The next picture doesn't remind me of any particular scene or character, but I feel like it really captures the  feeling you get (or I want my reader to get) at the beginning of the WIP. Vic is getting ready to finally come into herself, to define herself. I think this feeling is at the heart of most YA literature.

This is from my honeymoon in Kauai. 

What pictures have inspired your WIP or represent your favorite book?

anyone lived in a pretty how town

Here's another poem by Cummings that I love. I think it's a lot deeper than it seems on first read.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing


Another from Cummings. There will probably be a lot of those this week.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Tulips


Today's poem is from Sylvia Plath.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

and having is giving and giving is living-

Happy Easter to those who celebrate! To the rest, I hope it's a beautiful spring day. Here's another from E. E. Cummings.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hold fast to dreams


A favorite by Langston Hughes:

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Friday, April 6, 2012

"Hope" is the thing with feathers


Here's another one that I love. Emily Dickinson is clearly one of my favorites. Enjoy!


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

and even if it's sunday may I be wrong


I warned you that you'd be seeing a lot from E. E. Cummings. Even though I shared the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock yesterday, don't get the idea that I'll only be posting the most well-known poems, the ones often associated with National Poetry Month. This is more about me sharing with you the poems that have broken me open or forced me into the stars.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons

I'm sure most of you have read this one, but I loved it the first time I saw it. And I love it now. Besides, it wouldn't be National Poetry Month without a little T.S. Elliot, now would it?


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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A poem by Emily Dickinson

I always loved this poem in high school. It reminded me a lot of my dad. Enjoy!


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Monday, April 2, 2012

National Poetry Month

Since April is National Poetry Month, I'll be posting a poem a day. Today's comes from E. E. Cummings.


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Buy the complete poems here or quite possibly at your local book store.