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#POETRY Sings to Me

I wrote my first poem at age 10 & have not looked back. I worry that #poetry is vanishing from our culture; that is has little to no social capital. So I take a stand for Poetry. I love the Poet Laureates; Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, William Carols Williams. They are more wonderful than the soul can fathom poet! & Ruth Stone, Carl Sandburg, William Carols Williams, Billy Ellis, Mary Oliver, Jane Kenyon, Sharon Olds, Langston Hughes, Maxine Kumin. Their words illuminate my world & feed my soul.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967). One of my favorite poets. He is generally labeled as a 'midwestern poet' and some of his most quoted poems include "Fog" and "Chicago." "The sea-wash never ends. The sea-wash repeats, repeats. Only old songs? Is that all the sea knows? Only the old strong songs? Is that all? The sea-wash repeats, repeats.

Carl Sandburg : The Poetry Foundation

Richard Brautigan (1935-1984). One of my fovorite of the 'beat poets'. Check out 'Trout Fishing in America', 'The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster', and 'In Watermelon Sugar', Delacorte, 1968.

Lorine Niedecker: A monster owl out on the fence flew away. What is it the sign of? The sign of an owl.

Eliza Griswold: When you said no, I went for your dresser, opened the top drawer, broke the paper seals on the two sterile cups, and wiped my dirty thumbs inside. Because our stubborn love won’t die, I have to kill it, will it dead. Or so I thought until I passed a cycle on my own. You’ve no idea what’s grown inside me since I bled.

Robert Burns poem quote

Renowned Victorian Author Lewis Carroll. From Jabberwocky: 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. "Beware the Jabberwock, my son The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!"

E. E. Cummings, born in Cambridge, MA, October 14, 1894. "anyone lived in a pretty how town (with up so floating many bells down) spring summer autumn winter he sang his didn't he danced his did Women and men(both little and small) cared for anyone not at all they sowed their isn't they reaped their same sun moon stars rain...

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1974. "Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.

Sara Teasdale, born in 1884. "They came to tell your faults to me, They named them over one by one; I laughed aloud when they were done, I knew them all so well before,— Oh, they were blind, too blind to see Your faults had made me love you more

Stanley Plumly, the current State poet of Maryland.Plumly's books of poetry include Old Heart (W. W. Norton, 2007); The Marriage in the Trees (Ecco Press, 1997); Boy on the Step (1989); Summer Celestial (1983); Out-of-the-Body Travel (1977), which won the William Carlos Williams Award and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Giraffe (1973); In the Outer Dark (1970), which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. -

In 1936 philanthropist Archer M. Huntington provided an endowment for the "maintenance of a chair of Poetry of the English language in the Library of Congress." The incumbent was to be designated "Consultant in Poetry." Beginning with the appointment for 1986-87, the title (under Public Law 99-194) became "Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry."

Natasha Trethewey - US Poet Laureate.Trethewey is the author of four poetry collections, including her newest, "Thrall" (2012). Her other collections are "Native Guard" (2006), winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; "Bellocq’s Ophelia" (2002); and "Domestic Work" (2000). She is also the author the nonfiction book "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast" (2010).

75th anniversary of Poetry and Literature (Library of Congress).

Billy Collins - former poet laureate of the United States. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed."

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot (1922).“In my beginning is my end. In my end is my beginning,”

American Primitive by Mary Oliver (1983). This book won Oliver the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. For the last 50 years, her poems speak of the lives of nature, of mystery, of life, meaning and god.

Stags Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds. (2012). Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Olds explores, with great intimacy, what happens when we become 'alone.' Her imagery is magical as she delves into a landscape of permanent loss.

Carl Sandburg; a great poet of the Plains, Chicago, the Immigrants, and Abraham Lincoln. "The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. "

Carl Sandburg Website

E.E. Cummings. "Spring is like a perhaps hand (which comes carefully out of Nowhere) arranging a window,into which people look (while people stare arranging and changing placing carefully there a strange thing and a known thing here) and changing everything carefully"

Poet Karla Kuskin writes for YA readers. "ME My nose is blue, my teeth are green, my face is like a soup tureen. I look just like a lima bean. I'm very, very lovely. My feet are far too short and LONG. My hands are left and right and wrong. My voice is like the hippo's song. I'm very, very, very, very, very, very lovely?"