Poetry Club, day 20

(Originally, this was the beginning of The Joy of Poetry. It's now the last day of our poetry club.)   On New Year’s Eve, I was feeling down. Okay, that’s a lie. I was in utter despair. I had no desire to celebrate the new year. I didn’t … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 19

For our penultimate meeting of the poetry club, I'm posting not a poem but something about poetry by that oh so wise bear, Winnie-the-Pooh.   “When you are reciting poetry, which is a thing we never do, you find sometimes, just as you are … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 18

Earlier this week my current friend and former editor Dayna Avery sent me to listen to Modern Mrs. Darcy's podcast, What Should I Read Next? The latest episode, "What to read if Google wrecked your brain," is about poetry. She interviews a poet named … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 17

This one's another haiku. Such a useful format! The author was 13 when she wrote it. Now she's a young woman. If you’ve read or seen or had any exposure to the legend of King Arthur, then you will get this poem. Think of an iconic moment in a … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 16

Last week of Poetry Club, friends! I'm so happy everyone has played along. In some ways Julia Kasdorf was the inspiration behind The Joy of Poetry. I took a workshop with her at Laity Lodge years ago, where I met one poet who became a friend, … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 15

Obviously, I picked this poem because of the title. And because it says in such eloquent detail how stories like Romeo and Juliet can’t be fully appreciated until we’re old enough to look on our teenage selves with wisdom. But, hey, we probably … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 14

If you've read The Joy of Poetry, you know I have a note in the Acknowledgments apologizing to people who gave me permission to use a poem that for one reason or another I didn't end up using. This is one of those poems. Not only did Marcus give … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 13

This poem is in the public domain, so there’s no financial reason why I didn’t include it in The Joy of Poetry. But I feel its absence. It’s a poem I think my mom would have liked because 1) It’s addressed to the Almighty, and 2) It rhymes. I’m … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 12

Pablo Neruda means a lot to me. If you've read The Joy of Poetry, you know my parents met in Chile, and that my dad met Neruda. I found Neruda's Cien sonetos de amor at a local bishop in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The day after we returned home was our … [Read more]

Poetry Club, day 11

In The Joy of Poetry I often said there is no secret to understanding poetry. Because I delight in contradiction, I give you a poem about the secret meaning of a poem. I love the turn in the poem where she begins to talk about her poetry and what … [Read more]