Sappho: A New Rendering by Sappho, Henry de Vere Stacpoole (translation)

There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse. After working my way through more disturbing topics, I've come to find that a little poetry serves me well as a palette cleanser, especially when most of the lines are geared towards love. Most of what is believed of Sappho in popular … Continue reading Sappho: A New Rendering by Sappho, Henry de Vere Stacpoole (translation)

The Brontë Sisters: A Collection of Poems by Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë

I have a veritable who's who of classic literature on my to-read list.  It would be shameful to list off the names of those whom I've not read if not for the fact that discovery of wonder lies ahead.  And yet, the name Brontë is not wholly unknown to me.  My sole experience with them before … Continue reading The Brontë Sisters: A Collection of Poems by Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë

What is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel

Sometimes we can discover a weird but special relationship a person can have to certain music that affects us on levels that maybe we were never consciously aware.  Sometimes those lines of connections make the songs even more special than they were before. I grew up on early rock and roll.  I was raised on Elvis Presley, … Continue reading What is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel

John Donne – Complete Poetical Works (Delphi Classics)

When I first learned how to appreciate poetry, which wasn't that long ago, the first thing I learned was to slow down, to let the imagery and the language talk to my heart, not to my head.  I think I've been whittling away at this for well over a year now, reading a single poem and then letting it digest … Continue reading John Donne – Complete Poetical Works (Delphi Classics)

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein

Ah, the memories...! It's been more than 30 years since I last read the poems in this book.  Back in elementary school, it was an old favorite for the entire class.  Today, I find it an easy an accessible means to re-engage with poetry on my own terms.  It's weird and somewhat astonishing to discover … Continue reading Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein