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5 poems I read April 1, 2011

5 poems every day for the whole of National Poetry Month   1. Stars by Louis Glück I’m awake; I am in the world - I expect no further assurance. No protection, no promise. Solace of the night sky, the hardly moving face of the clock. I’m alone – all my riches surround me. I have a bed, a room. I have a bed, a vase of flowers beside it. And a nightlight, a book. I’m awake; I am safe. The darkness like a shield, the dreams put off, maybe vanished forever. And the day - the unsatisfying morning that says I am your future, here is your cargo of sorrow: Do you reject me? Do you mean to send me away because I am not full, in your word, because you see the black shape already implicit? I will never be banished. I am the light, your personal anguish and humiliation. Do you dare send me away as though you were waiting for something better? There is no better. Only (for a short space) the night sky like a quarantine that sets you apart from your task. Only (softly, fiercely) the stars shining. Here, in the room, the bedroom. Saying I was brave, I resisted, I set myself on fire.   2. Hephaestus Alone by Linda Gregg http://bit.ly/h3yygV 3. Wild Geese Mary Oliver http://bit.ly/fgiLhB 4. When the Gods Go, Half-Gods Arrive by Lucie Brock-Broido http://bit.ly/h1qmYQ 5. Night Mooring at Maple Bridge by Zhang Ji http://bit.ly/ffKgUA  

5 poems every day for the whole of National Poetry Month

 

1. Stars by Louis Glück

I’m awake; I am in the world -

I expect
no further assurance.
No protection, no promise.

Solace of the night sky,
the hardly moving
face of the clock.

I’m alone – all
my riches surround me.
I have a bed, a room.
I have a bed, a vase
of flowers beside it.
And a nightlight, a book.

I’m awake; I am safe.
The darkness like a shield, the dreams
put off, maybe
vanished forever.

And the day -
the unsatisfying morning that says
I am your future,
here is your cargo of sorrow:

Do you reject me? Do you mean
to send me away because I am not
full, in your word,
because you see
the black shape already implicit?

I will never be banished. I am the light,
your personal anguish and humiliation.
Do you dare
send me away as though
you were waiting for something better?

There is no better.
Only (for a short space)
the night sky like
a quarantine that sets you
apart from your task.

Only (softly, fiercely)
the stars shining. Here,
in the room, the bedroom.
Saying I was brave, I resisted,
I set myself on fire.

 

2. Hephaestus Alone by Linda Gregg http://bit.ly/h3yygV

3. Wild Geese Mary Oliver http://bit.ly/fgiLhB

4. When the Gods Go, Half-Gods Arrive by Lucie Brock-Broido http://bit.ly/h1qmYQ

5. Night Mooring at Maple Bridge by Zhang Ji http://bit.ly/ffKgUA

 

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