Poetry Month: Week One with Eileen Moeller

Cheers! And happy Poetry Month, 2018.

Last year Micah (my youngest son) and I recorded at least a poem a week during April, each of us one poem by the same poet. This year we decided to each read different poets from various movements and time periods.

Our only real rule is that it has to be a poet we’ve never recorded before. And, friends, if you’ve followed us for any length of time, you already know that we record a lot of poems. It’s one of the best ways we know to really, thoroughly encounter a poet’s work. Better than trying on their clothes or eating off their plates, both of which could get you into a lot of trouble, especially if the author is still alive. And anyway, who wants to eat off a dead poet’s plate?

Where was I going with this? I think it was about clothes. I’m not sure. My thoughts seem so scattered these days. As Eileen Moeller says in this week’s poem, “Aging is a laundromat.” Read and listen to her poem yourself to discover what she means by that. I’ve included my recording of her poem “Dear Ezra” below. And if you’d like to follow along you can pull up the text by clicking right here.

You should also check out Micah’s’ recordings over at his blog, The Monkey Prodigy. His choice for week one was 17th-century novelist, dramatist, and poet Aphra Behn.  Why the hell weren’t we studying her in school?

Follow both of us for poetry month 2018 for brand new recordings of at least eight poets between us. We’re bound to throw in lots of bonus poetry-month-ish material as usual.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Brian Dean Powers says:

    Holy crap, that last line is brilliant.

    Aging is being battered around in a washing machine that’s taking one thing after another away.

    Well-read as usual Mr. B.

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    1. Thank you, Brian! I’m glad you enjoyed it. There were so many great posts on the Year of Being Here blog. I think it actually went three years full of mindfulness poems. I’ll post more on the poems from that site soon if I can.


  2. Wonderful poem, and beautifully read. I’ll have to read more of this poet.

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    1. Me too! She has a couple of books out I plan to get my hands on.


    2. And by the way, comments like that are exactly why I share these readings. I love hearing when I introduce someone to the work of a new poet or one they’d never read. Thank you!


  3. joelshowalter4 says:

    Such a beautiful find, David. Where did you come across this? And such a lovely reading. I also love the last line — it reminds me of a poetry editor (from a magazine I won’t name) who wrote how weary he was of seeing moons in the poems he reads. Perhaps I don’t see as many poems as he does, but a piece like this is just more evidence that he’s wrong.

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    1. I came across this on a blog called A Year of Being Here. I think it went for about three years, and maybe has moved on to a book, a collection of mindfulness poems by some wonderful writers, many of whom are probably already favorites, but plenty of new discoveries as well.


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