William Stafford Weekend, Part 2

It was in September of 1987 that William Stafford’s little book, An Oregon Message was first published. So with the authority not even vested in me, I have proclaimed this William Stafford Weekend, and it shall be evermore known as thus. Well, if you promise not to forget. Check out Saturday’s post to follow all…

Two Love Poems from Uncle Walt

Last night (read that as early this morning) I shared with you a reading of E. E. Cummings’ poem “Love Is Thicker Than Forget,” and I promised you some Valentine poems from Walt Whitman . Well, I might be bending the rules just a bit here, but you should be used to that by now….

David Reads “The Dalliance of the Eagles,” by Walt Whitman

Well, I haven’t written much about birds lately, as my son the Monkey, likes to point out, so since spring is finally here I stopped my car on the way home yesterday by some ponds around the quarry. I was happy to see some waterfowl, a few common mergansers, along with the requisite Canada Geese, and some ducks…

David Reads “For Grace, After a Party,” by Frank O’Hara

Recently I soothed my winter-wearied soul with a few small purchases of poetry, including both Lunch Poems and Meditations in an Emergency, by Frank O’Hara. It’s one thing to read a “best of” collection, or to study a few of a poet’s works in an anthology, but have you ever enjoyed leaning back with your…

Love Poems You Wish You Had Written #4: with Walt Whitman

That’s right, Walt Whitman. He may not be as well-known for his love poems as others, and his critics might say he was too busy loving himself, but to that I counter that he loved himself no less than others, and no more. I just started going back to studying the “Calamus” section of Leaves…