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But to poetry — You have to be willing to waste time. When you start a poem, stay with it and suffer through it and just think about nothing, not even the poem. Just be there. It's more of a prayerful state than writing the novels is. A lot of the novel is in doing good works, as it were, not praying. Robert Penn Warren, uncredited photo

Robert Penn Warren wrote "All the King's Men.

"I am the least difficult of men. All I want is boundless love." ~ Poet Frank O’Hara, Photo by Harry Redl, 1958

Everything is in the poems, but at the risk of sounding like the poor wealthy man’s Allen Ginsberg I will write to you because I just heard that one of my fellow poets thinks that

Billy Collins reads "Marginalia" by brainpicker on SoundCloud. Beloved poet Billy Collins explores that intricate dance in his 2005 poem “Marginalia,” which appears in the altogether sublime anthology Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (public library). In this exquisite reading by Collins himself, found on his spoken-word album The Best Cigarette, the words spring to dignity with unequaled grace:

Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate. He is by far my favorite and most admired poet. I would love to be even half the writer he is.

Poems on war: Blake Morrison is inspired by Ewart Alan Mackintosh

Poems on war: Blake Morrison is inspired by Ewart Alan Mackintosh

Blake Morrison writes new poem, "Redacted", in response to Ewart Alan Mackintosh's "Recruiting"

Collection of snippets from some of the more well-known and oft-quoted poems of prolific Irish writer William Butler Yeats.

Some of the Best Yeats Poetry

Irish poet William Butler Yeats makes a recording for the radio. Scroll down to hear him read his poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." How rhythm carries a poem from head to heart

Seamus Heaney portrait

New HomePlace arts centre to celebrate life and work of Seamus Heaney

New Seamus Heaney poem published Guardian publishes In a Field ahead of its appearance in anthology marking centenary of outbreak of first war world

Dylan Thomas reading his poem Fern Hill.

Here's a virtual movie of the great Dylan Thomas reading "Fern Hill" Fern Hill is a poem by Dylan Thomas, first published in the October, Horizo.


In Search of David Jones: Artist, Soldier, Poet - Video Dailymotion

“First Fig,” Edna St. Vincent Millay    My candle burns at both ends;  It will not last the night;  But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—  It gives a lovely light.

10 Great Poems You Can Memorize Today

Graduating Vassar in Edna St. Vincent Millay was a renowned poet.edu/alumni/edna-st-vincent-millay.

Walt Whitman

Working Nurse features RN jobs in Greater Los Angeles County and Nursing Career Advice.Walt Whitman, American Writer and Civil War Nurse - Articles Archive

Poet Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver in Maria Shriver's Women's Conference 2010 - Day 3

Mary Oliver: “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.

Idris Davies "A People Fit For Poetry" Poem animation

Idris Davies "A People Fit For Poetry" Poem animation