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won't you celebrate with me by Lucille Clifton | Poetry Foundation
won't you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.
lucille_clifton  poetry  poem  poetryfoundation.org  1993  1990s  book_of_light 
october 2017 by cluebucket
We Who Are Your Closest Friends by Phillip Lopate - Poems | poets.org
every Thursday
we have been meeting
as a group
to devise ways
to keep you
in perpetual uncertainty
frustration
discontent and
torture
by neither loving you
as much as you want
nor cutting you adrift
poem  poetry  poets.org  philip_lopate  relationship  conspiracy  group  strategy  limbo 
september 2017 by cluebucket
At The Smithville Methodist Church Poem by Stephen Dunn - Poem Hunter
putting faith
in good men was what
we had to do to stay this side of cynicism,
that other sadness
poemhunter.com  poem  poetry  stephen_dunn  church  religion  parenting  jesus_christ  education  children 
september 2017 by cluebucket
Nikki Giovanni : Allowables | Sacred Tremor
"I don't think
I'm allowed

To kill something

Because I am

Frightened"
poetry  nikki_giovanni  writing  killing  death  spider  fear  2016  2010s  poem  sacredtremor.com 
june 2017 by cluebucket
"Home" by Warsan Shire
"you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land"
seekershub.org  2015  2010s  warsan_shire  poem  poetry  refugee  crisis  death  fear  europe  escape 
march 2017 by cluebucket
9. A Servant to Servants. Frost, Robert. 1915. North of Boston
"And I can agree to that, or in so far
As that I can see no way out but through"
robert_frost  north_of_boston  1915  1910s  poem  poetry  servant  farm  work  labor  mental_health  freedom  cage  women 
january 2017 by cluebucket
The Seattle Review of Books - Revenge
"But I finally found the argument against suicide and it’s us.
We’re the effigies that haunt America’s nights harder
the longer they spend burning us,
we are scaring the shit out of people by spreading,
by refusing to die: what are we but a fire?"
elisa_chavez  revenge  poetry  poem  seattlereviewofbooks.com  2017  2010s  race  nazi  future  safety  fear  strength  america  war  politics 
january 2017 by cluebucket
Steven Dunn Choosing to Think of It
"suddenly I want to be that insufferable and selfish, that sharpened and tuned."
stephen_dunn  death  choice  poem  poetry  travel  journey  life 
february 2016 by cluebucket
Max Ehrmann's "Desiderata"
'Things Desired'

"You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here"
max_ehrmann  desiderata  poem  poetry  1927  1920s  1950s  1960s  1970s  life  love  optimism  guide  advice  peace  god  baltimore 
november 2015 by cluebucket
A “No to” Poem — The Message — Medium
The No Manifesto for Poetry Readings and LISTSERVs and Magazine and ‘Open Versatile Spaces Where Cultural Production Flourishes’.
paul_ford  medium.com  poem  poetry  anonymous  feminism  no  anne_boyer  group  rejection  pdf  2014  2015  2010s  chicago  publishing  melville_house  rape  assault 
june 2015 by cluebucket
The Coquette - There is an ancient custom amongst Zen monks and...
"You know those bumper stickers where it says, 'Shit happens and then you die'? They should have 'em where 'Shit happens and then you live', because that's really the truth of it."
ANS Zen
anna_nicole_smith  quote  screengrab  tv  shit  zen  poem  jisei  death  life  writing  thecoquette.net  blog  tumblr  tragedy  philosophy  bumper_sticker  2000s 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Transcript | This American Life
Lisa Buscani poems.
"I said, I've been working far too hard for far too long. And he agreed, and I wanted him to fight it, and was disappointed by how light he was. Smiling, so ready to fly. I felt light, too, but it was the way you are before you catch a cold, all unfocused and buzzing. And the chill comes from inside."
lisa_buscani  this_american_life  1990s  archive  transcript  radio  text  poem  poetry  quit  quitting  breakup  job  work  chicago  love  1995 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Storm Warnings
"This is our sole defense against the season;
These are the things we have learned to do
Who live in troubled regions."
storm  warning  poem  poetry  adrienne_rich  weather  emotion  protection  darkness  life  sky  season  prediction  change  control  power  powerlessness  passive  1950s  1960s  1970s  war  writing  text  umd.edu 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Desiderata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,...

"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
...
"With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world."
desiderata  desiderata_of_happiness  poem  poetry  writing  text  history  wiki  wikipedia  max_ehrmann  1927  baltimore  1950s  1960s  1970s  single  copyright  pierre_trudeau  indiana  adlai_stevenson  1690s  church  archive  desire  latin  life  advice  leonard_nimoy  1920s 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Poetry by Mary Oliver- The Journey, Wild Geese, Morning Poem and Others
The Journey

"One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice--"
peacefulrivers  homestead.com  mary_oliver  poetry  poem  writing  journey  life  melancholy  sadness  codependence  independence  star  fire  wind  salvation  emotion  voice 
december 2014 by cluebucket
Patricia Lockwood, "Rape Joke"
has many other great poems but even my brother was taken with this one
patricia_lockwood  theawl  poem  poetry  2013  2010s  joke  assault  sex  rape  teenage  family 
july 2013 by cluebucket
mentholmountains: C.P. Cavafy: "The City"
"As you've wasted your life here, in this small corner,
you've destroyed it everywhere else in the world."
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mentholmountains  c.p._cavafy  city  poem  poetry  escape  country  moving  waste  destruction  life  edmund_keely  philip_sherrard  1920s  greek 
november 2012 by cluebucket
I Shall Forget You Presently
via admil2: "Whether or not we find what we are seeking
Is idle, biologically speaking."
poem  poetry  edna_st_vincent_millay  20th_century  1922  1920s  love  biology  forget  nature  relationship  struggle 
november 2012 by cluebucket
If a Clown : The New Yorker
If then the clown said to you
that he was on his way to a kid’s
birthday party, his car had broken down,
and he needed a ride, would you give
him one? Or would the connection
between the comic and the appalling,
as it pertained to clowns, be suddenly so clear
that you’d be paralyzed by it?
And if you were the clown, and my friend
hesitated, as he did, would you make
a sad face, and with an enormous finger
wipe away an imaginary tear? How far
would you trust your art?
stephen_dunn  poem  poetry  newyorker  clown  context  funny  role  21st_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Language: A Love Poem
When I say your name over and over
it’s because I cannot possess you
thenameisyams  poetry  poem  stephen_dunn  pablo_neruda  language  love  meaning  word 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Read this article. Rewrite it. Throw out your draft and write something else. Throw that out, too. « We Who Are About To Die
"Cross this out.

The writing game has an air of Sisyphus about it. It’s not all about reaching the finish line. It’s about starting over and over and over and …"
wewhoareabouttodie  2012  2010s  author  poet  poetry  poem  t.s._eliot  jack_kerouac  elizabeth_bishop  lucy_ives  2009  anamnesis  writing  re-writing  editing  publishing  joel_allegretti  21st_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
mentholmountains: Tony Hoagland: "Jet"
"We are amazed at how hurt we are.
"We would give anything for what we have."
tony_hoagland  jet  poem  poetry  mentholmountains  d.c._berman  porch  summer  1998  1990s  donkey_gospel  20th_century 
august 2012 by cluebucket
Lord Byron - "Darkness"
"I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,"
poetry  poem  lord_byron  darkness  1816  1810s  romanticism  strickling 
may 2012 by cluebucket

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