—James Wright, Poetry, March 1961
From The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. In the introduction, editor Christian Wiman writes:
When we talk about lyric poetry we tend to think of emotional inwardness, even when the details of a given poem may be completely external. James Wright’s “The Blessing” is a classic example: the details of the natural world are rendered with a kind of inner spiritual precision that enables the poet almost, but not quite, to transcend them.
Early Bird Special: Remember Anzac the joey and Peggy the wombat,the marsupial orphans who were rescued and became besties?
Now they’ve got a third lil pal — meet Cupcake the swamp wallaby, who like her pals, was orphaned when a car accident took mom.
The trio, who live at Australia’s Wildabout Wildlife Rescue Center, all are about 4 to 5 months old.
if people ask
what will you say?
—Izumi Skikibu, in The Ink Dark Moon, trans. Jane Hirshfield (via growing-orbits)
—Bertolt Brecht, Poetry, December 1947
Poems by Bertolt Brecht, William Blake, Walt Whitman, Lewis Carroll, W.B. Yeats, Anne Sexton, and more are set to music this weekend by The Crooked Mouth. Purveyors of original music with roots in vaudeville, The Crooked Mouth performs at the Poetry Foundation on Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm, free admission, details here.