Friday, April 27, 2007

National Poetry Month

Today's "Poem in your pocket" printout features Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, William Blake - and Emily Dickinson:

"I'm nobody! Who are you?"

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you - Nobody - too?
Then there's a pair of us?
Don't tell! they'd advertise - you know!

How dreary - to be - Somebody!
How public - like a Frog -
To tell one's name - the livelong June -
To an admiring Bog!

(In fact, aren't we telling our names to each other - and admiring - each other's Blogs?)

Stephanie of So Many Books has posted a poem by Rumi that will go into my pocket. Here is the beginning of the poem. You will have to visit Stephanie to read the rest - (and please do!)
Book Beauty

Here’s the end of that story about the old woman who wanted
to lure a man with strange

cosmetics. She made a paste of pages from the Qur’an to fill
the deep creases on her face and

neck with.



John Ottinger said...

I thought you might be interested in the New Notions 5 Reading Challenge.

jenclair said...

Oh, the month is almost over. I've really enjoyed seeing the variety of poems that have been posted. I'm not sure we should abandon the practice of sharing with other Admiring Blogs.