when the ghost begins to quicken

Van Gogh: Wheat Field with Rooks Flying   Here’s a poem by William Butler Yeats: The Cold Heaven Suddenly I saw the cold and rook-delighting heaven That seemed as though ice burned and was but the more ice, And thereupon imagination and heart were driven So wild that every casual thought of that and thisContinue reading “when the ghost begins to quicken”

The Tall Camels of the spirit

I have loved the poetry of Richard Wilbur for about thirty years, and this poem was one of the first ones I encountered.  I had the delight of meeting him, even standing in the lunch line with him! at the West Chester Poetry Conference about 10 years ago. He takes a philosophical quotation and turnsContinue reading “The Tall Camels of the spirit”

the rhythmic jarring of brain tissue

  Here’s a poem by Marvin Bell:   Wednesday   Gray rainwater lay on the grass in the late afternoon. The carp lay on the bottom, resting,while dusk took shape in the form of the first stirrings of his hunger, and the trees, shorter and heavier, breathed heavily upward. Into this sodden, nourishing afternoon IContinue reading “the rhythmic jarring of brain tissue”

all that glisters is not gold

In the little poem inside the casket in the Merchant of Venice,  it’s “glisters” instead of “glitters”  but the meaning is the same: Act 2, Scene 7 of The Merchant of Venice: The Prince of Morocco opens the golden casket and finds this message inside: “All that glisters is not gold Often have you heardContinue reading “all that glisters is not gold”

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