September Poems

In September, I continued with the poems listed in the blog post about the most anthologized poems.

It started with Shakespeare and ended with Ginsberg. I guess I’m really old school because removed from the centuries, Shakespeare is still more accessible – as a human – than Ginsberg is to me. There were a few more modern/modernist poems this month. They make me feel annoyed. Maybe they are showing me my own limitations of imagination or education. But I suspect they annoy me because I have the sense that they, like sneaky thieves, are just getting away with something.


September 1, 2018 Sonnet 73 William Shakespeare Life is short. Love hard. What’s up with that 2nd line?
September 2, 2018 Sonnet 94 William Shakespeare Long ago, I tried & failed to work the last line into a book title.
September 3, 2018 The Passionate Shephard to his Love Christopher Marlowe I like it. Straight and to the point.
September 4, 2018 They Flee from Me Thomas Wyatt Not a fav for me. But growing old and unpopular sucks.
September 5, 2018 Sir Patrick Spens Anonymous Just tell the king to stuff it.
September 6, 2018 Lord Randall Anonymous I like story poems. Did the true love kill him? And why?
September 7, 2018 For The Union Dead Robert Lowell I like what he did here – the expanse of time and theme.
September 8, 2018 Skunk Hour Robert Lowell Nice scene setting/painint of a scene and mood.
September 9, 2018 We Real Cool Gwendolyn Brooks The more I read, the more I like it. Short and punchy.
September 10, 2018 Harlem Langston Hughes Perfection.
September 11, 2018 Daddy Sylvia Plath Poetic rage.
September 12, 2018 My Papa’s Waltz Theodore Roethke Lovely father-son moment.
September 13, 2018 Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird Wallace Stevens With Stevens I sometimes feel as if I’m being made fun of.
September 14, 2018 Love Calls Us to the Things of this World Richard Wilbur A nice good morning poem.
September 15, 2018 After Apple-Picking Robert Frost He sounds almost apologetic to me going to sleep.
September 16, 2018 Design Robert Frost A fat, white spide is creepy enough.
September 17, 2018 Those Winter Sundays Roberty Hayden Good eulogy.
September 18, 2018 The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner Randall Jarrell I like when warriors are anti-war.
September 19, 2018 Shine, Perishing Republic Robinson Jeffers I really like the final lines/half of this poem.
September 20, 2018 Facing It Yusef Komunyakaa I’m not connecting with this one.
September 21, 2018 Ars Poetica Archibald MacLeish Very Modernist…very cold.
September 22, 2018 The Day Lady Died Frank O’Hara I like this snapshot of a memorable moment.
September 23, 2018 I Knew a Woman Theodore Roethke He digs this chick. Nice.
September 24, 2018 A Blessing James Wright This is nice and sweet.
September 25, 2018 Dream Song #14 John Berryman I like the grumpiness.
September 26, 2018 Dream Song #29 John Berryman Some of the phrases are nice. Wake up John.
September 27, 2018 The Fish Elizabeth Bishop I know this feeling. Nice.
September 28, 2018 In The Waiting Room Elizabeth Bishop Wonderfully told scene
September 29, 2018 I Know a Man Richard Creely Modernism. Either stupid or above my head.
September 30, 2018 After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes Emily Dickinson She knows everything. And can write it.

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