“Mary Magdalen and I” by Czesław Miłosz

As you might have noticed, I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with Czesław Miłosz’s poetry. One poem in particular that I keep returning to is “Mary Magdalen and I,” translated by Miłosz and Robert Hass: The seven unclean spirits of Mary Magdalen Chased from her by the Teacher with his prayer Hover inContinue reading ““Mary Magdalen and I” by Czesław Miłosz”

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Literary Rediscoveries of 2016

About this time last year, I brought you a list of previously-unknown or lost works that were found/published in 2015. With such geniuses as Dylan Thomas, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charlotte Brontë on that list, I was afraid this year’s installment would seem a little lackluster by comparison. No danger of that. So, inContinue reading “Literary Rediscoveries of 2016”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, the girls at The Broke and the Bookish decided to make this week’s “Top Ten Tuesday” a Valentine’s Day-themed free-for-all. And since I’ve been looking for an opportunity to talk about poetry anyway, I decided toContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition”

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Poem: “The House of Christmas”

Merry Christmas, all you darling people. “The House of Christmas” by G. K. Chesterton There fared a mother driven forth Out of an inn to roam; In the place where she was homeless All men are at home. The crazy stable close at hand, With shaking timber and shifting sand, Grew a stronger thing to abideContinue reading “Poem: “The House of Christmas””

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Poem of the Week: “Desdichado”

One of my most favorite poems of all time. I hope you all like it! “Desdichado” by Dorothy L. Sayers Christ walks the world again, His lute upon His back, His red robe rent to tatters, His riches gone to rack, The wind that wakes the morning blows His hair about His face, His handsContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Desdichado””

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Poem of the Week: “There’s a Certain Slant of Light”

If you’re not too sick of all the poetry talk yet, here’s a little gem by Emily Dickinson. “There’s a Certain Slant of Light” by Emily Dickinson There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons – That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes – Heavenly Hurt, it gives us – We can find noContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “There’s a Certain Slant of Light””

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An Anniversary I Had to Mark

I’m not going to lie: I was never a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s not that I read his stories and didn’t like them, or read his poems and found them wanting, I simply didn’t like his reputation, and for this reason, never tried him. Dead girls who aren’t really dead? Brothers whoContinue reading “An Anniversary I Had to Mark”

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Why People Hate Poetry

In an interview with CUNY TV, Irish poet Paul Muldoon advanced his theory for why so many people, particularly students, struggle to understand and enjoy poetry. According to Muldoon, it has to do with the way that poetry is taught in schools: in high school, he says, students are given the impression that they willContinue reading “Why People Hate Poetry”

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“A Voice, a Chime, a Chant Sublime”

If you don’t have presents to wrap/buy or lights to string right now, I thought I’d show you this little poem someone wrote about Christmas many years ago. It’s “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It’s been a favorite of mine for a while just because the words are so beautiful (the title of thisContinue reading ““A Voice, a Chime, a Chant Sublime””

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Poem of the Week: “Love Came Down at Christmas”

“Love Came Down at Christmas” by Christina Rossetti Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine; Love was born at Christmas, Star and angels gave the sign. Worship we the Godhead, Love incarnate, love divine; Worship we our Jesus: But wherewith for sacred sign? Love shall be our token, Love shall be yoursContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Love Came Down at Christmas””

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Poem of the Week: “The Savior Must Have Been a Docile Gentleman”

This week’s poem is by Emily Dickinson (who else would give a poem such a cumbersome title?). “The Savior Must Have Been a Docile Gentleman” by Emily Dickinson The Savior must have been A docile Gentleman— To come so far so cold a Day For little Fellowmen— The Road to Bethlehem Since He and IContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Savior Must Have Been a Docile Gentleman””

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