Poems and Reflections on MLK Day

Granted, the day is now over in most of the U.S., but let’s not rush things for once, okay? Huffington Post was ahead of the game and posted its Three Poems for Martin Luther King Day back on Friday, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth talking about after some reflection, right? But that’s the…

Pennsylvania “Working-class Poets” in World Literature Today

I was talking about social media here yesterday, and when I dragged myself from covers to coffee and consciousness late this morning, I was surprised to see how much that post had been shared and tweeted about in the early hours of this Wednesday. To say more would be to engage in the kind of…

David Reads “Any Case” for Day 20, by Wislawa Szymborska

Well the recording for day 20 did make it up onto SoundCloud, but my apologies for the lateness of it’s posting here on The Dad Poet. Frankly, I needed some sleep. And today is such a lovely day in Penn’s Woods, and so much to be done, and at last some motivation, despite the chilliness…

Bonus Track, and a Few Words from Naomi Shihab Nye

Finally the long weekend is over. I’m getting prepared to record a poem for this Sunday, day 13 of Poetry Month, but while I get that ready, I wanted to share a few more words from a poet I wish I had been reading more of over the years. Naomi Shihab Nye is officially a…

Richard Blanco to Read at Obama’s Second Inauguration

Poet Richard Blanco has been selected to read at President Obama’s inauguration on Monday, January 21st, one day after the official swearing in. From the interview on NPR: “My mother … was seven months pregnant with me when she left Cuba, and at that time, in 1968, since there were no diplomatic relations, everybody had…