Put it all in,
Make use.
— From Raymond Carver’s poem Sunday Night.
nevver:

Résumé, Dorothy Parker

Doing The Poem

jegibbs:

I am a poet.
look at me poem.
can you poetry?
it is easy.
you don’t need a resume or
take any classes,
just some words and
with in minutes
you can poem too and
write trite things about
being a poet.

theparisreview:

“It’s the most astonishing line break I’ve ever encountered. It’s the sound of a culture’s poetic history cracking in half.”Glyn Maxwell on Ivor Gurney’s poem “To His Love.”

theparisreview:

“It’s the most astonishing line break I’ve ever encountered. It’s the sound of a culture’s poetic history cracking in half.”

Glyn Maxwell on Ivor Gurney’s poem “To His Love.”

theparisreview:

“There is something inaccessible yet buoyant about these pieces of poetry, written on scraps that often look like the wings of paper birds.” 
Read more of this week’s staff picks, including Emily Dickinson’s “envelope writings,” Barbara Cooney’s Miss Rumphius, and the television show A Young Doctor’s Notebook.

theparisreview:

“There is something inaccessible yet buoyant about these pieces of poetry, written on scraps that often look like the wings of paper birds.” 

Read more of this week’s staff picks, including Emily Dickinson’s “envelope writings,” Barbara Cooney’s Miss Rumphius, and the television show A Young Doctor’s Notebook.

It is true that the mathematician who is not somewhat of a poet, will never be a perfect mathematician. — Karl Theodor Weierstrass

If I could be reincarnated, which I can’t, I’d come back as a person who could write poetry like Ray Carver.

It was November 1968. I was in Vietnam and it was my last Sunday there. I went to the base chapel to give thanks for what I presumed was my safe deliverance from the war. I was surprised when I found I was the only person at church services. I have always been perplexed by that. Some people say war makes you more religious.

I’ve been a devout atheist for the past fourteen years. I am comforted and consoled by it. I laugh the same laugh and cry the same tears as I always did. I am and will always be worm’s meat and I don’t mind. The well written sentence in a good poem and the proof of a profound math theorem that even I can understand still delight me and make me feel somewhat divine.

view with a grain of sand: 100 of Wislawa Szymborska’s best poems. It doesn’t get any better.

view with a grain of sand: 100 of Wislawa Szymborska’s best poems. It doesn’t get any better.

Every day is a good day for poetry especially if the ancient Chinese masters wrote the poems.

Every day is a good day for poetry especially if the ancient Chinese masters wrote the poems.