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To the Ladies By Lady Mary Chudleigh

17th Century poet Mary Chudleigh fought the feminist battle three hundred years before most people thought that fight started. Read by the incomparable Ghizela Rowe. To The Ladies by Lady Mary Chudleigh (1656–1710) Wife and servant are the same, But … Continue reading

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Snake by D.H. Lawrence

As a young teenager I practiced a great deal with a slingshot called a Wrist Rocket. They’re still sold today. After some time I got quite accurate and one day a bird in a tree seemed a natural target. I … Continue reading

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Keats and Proust and Lennon and McCartney

This poem, this prose, and this song, all remind me of each other. Ben Whishaw beautifully reads Keats. La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad by John Keats (1795 -1821) O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge … Continue reading

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I Have Been Faithful to Thee, Cynara! in My Fashion

Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson (1867 – 1900) Carol Rumens writes in the Guardian  (external link) that this poem’s title is “[F]rom Horace’s Odes, Book 4, 1, translat[ing] as “I am not as I … Continue reading

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Bukowski Reads Bukowski

I never understood people like Bukowski because I grew up in a different world, one of a warm family. School was the enemy, not my parents or home. I felt that Bukowski and others were trying to tear the world … Continue reading

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somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond by E.E. Cummings

Beautiful poem by Cummings. More straightforward than the last poem of his that I read. (internal link) Upon first reading it reminded me immediately of Rilke (one of many internal links) and the Chinese and Japanese poetry that Kenneth Rexroth … Continue reading

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anyone lived in a pretty how town by E. E. Cummings

Edward Estlin Cummings invented a style no one else can write in lest they face charges of thievery. Like Hunter Thompson with his all caps sentences; we don’t allow any other other writer to do that. Cummings is like modern … Continue reading

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A Demon in My View — “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe

Alone by Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) Well, this explains Poe, doesn’t it? As well as the music of  Black Sabbath. 🙂 “And all I loved, I loved alone.” That is master class! And upsetting and sad. Poor Edgar. … Continue reading

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Gather ye Rose-buds While ye May by Robert Herrick

I see the Latin phrase for seize the day commonly used to interpert this poem. I’d prefer something less aggressive. Perhaps contemplate or think upon the day. The poem’s mood is relaxed and thoughtful about time, not a call to … Continue reading

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My Lady by Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz

My Lady by Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz (1648 – 1695) The bells of passion and love in poetry chime uninterrupted through the centuries. This reading is by the best female narrator of … Continue reading

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