Day 16 – Favorite poetry

Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry

Forgive my overzealous quoting, but I simply couldn’t limit myself to naming just one poem. Truth be told, reading an entire poetry collection is something I should do much more these days. But I do consume individual poems quite a lot and here are just five of the many that have resonated with me through the years. I don’t actually own Richard Siken’s Crush, but that is something I intend to rectify very soon.

It calls the heart, this music, to a place
more intimate than home, than self, that face
aging in the hall mirror. This is not
music to age by — no sprightly gavotte
or orderly pavane, counting each beat,
confining motion to the pointed feet

Rachmaninoff on the Mass Pike,
Rhina P. Espaillat

Had you entered that afternoon
you would have thought you saw a man
planting something in a boy’s palm,
a silver tear, a tiny flame.

The Gift,
Li-Young Lee

Now you know: this is the place
where water insists on being ice,
where wind insists on breathlessness,
where the will of the cold is so strong
that even the stone’s desire for heat
is driven into the eye of night.

The Last Poem About the Snow Queen,
Sandra M. Gilbert

Tila ako si Bidasari —
Patay sa araw, buhay sa gabi:
Naghihintay kay Sultan Mogindra
Na sa buhay ko’y ikaw;
Naghihintay ng maalat na halik
Na isisiil mo sa dagat na dibdib
Upang ibangon ako
Sa masasamyong panaginip.

Tila Ako si Bidasari,
Ruth Elynia Mabanglo

Here is a map with your name for a capital,
here is an arrow to prove a point: we laugh
and it pits the world against us, we laugh,
and we’ve got nothing left to lose, and our hearts
turn red, and the river rises like a barn on fire.

Saying Your Names,
Richard Siken

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4 thoughts on “Day 16 – Favorite poetry

    • It seems like we have similar tastes in poetry. I didn’t include her poems but I’m very fond of Louise Gluck’s poetry. Which other poets are you into?

  1. I enjoy reading Mark Strand, Phillip Levine, Ted Kooser, Eric Gamalinda, Luisa Igloria, Jeffrey McDaniel, and Jack Gilbert, sometimes.

    My favorite Li-Young Lee poem: Seven Happy Endings. :)

    It would be so difficult to pick just one favorite all-time poet/poem though!

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