Poetry

'The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings'

David Cecil brings to life the Oxford literary club who smoked, drank, argued and midwifed books that became classics of fantasy, apologetics, and poetry.

Poem | Fishbait

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Poem | Fibonacci

Around the inner rims / of these sunflowers one by one / small yellow petals pop open, / in obedience to the sun...

Poem | Wild

Even the eagle is deep / into dailyness // acts as if safe, & is silly / during its courtship rituals // spends days / inspecting / impregnable building sites...

Poem | Childhood Wordwaking

Each day makes window, / makes new light in time for sky, / moves waved light suntall // curling for new room / to wake, and her smile moves light...

Poem | Air Waves

Set off by the light-governed timer the lawn-sprinkler waves a rain-wall of water east and west.  A robin, its bright beak still fledgling-yellow, stands...

'You Think It Strange'

There is no release or relief in poet Dan Burt's story, just a stark and pervading sense of emotional sclerosis from the streets of Philly to the halls of Cambridge.

Poem | 'There But for the Grace'

I. Strophe “Whoever does this for the least of these does it for me,” says Jesus Christ my King to Whom I offer thanks on bended knees. Now to my...

Poem | Anti-Narcissus

I can’t be fast as the filmed snake whiplashes. I can’t be fast as the heron snaps. I can be slow. The child streaked from crying against its...

'The Road Not Taken'

Many take Frost’s 'The Road Not Taken' as an American affirmation to choose one's own path. But in David Orr's reading the twenty-line poem is instead about limits.

Poem | Wilderness Experience

Anything can unhappen—   Sunworn canyons could spill ridges, fold flowers and highways and drown        ...

Poem | From Quasi-Stories

The greengrocer counts the shriveled, wrinkled, inhuman apples, and then he sells me celery past it prime and six green bananas. And I take them all....
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