Animal Prudence

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Mice drink the rainwater before dying by
the poison we set in the cupboard for them.
They come for the birdseed, and winter
is so grey here the sight of a single cardinal
can keep us warm for days. We'll justify
anything-and by we, I mean I, and by
I, I mean we, with our man-is-the-only-
animal-who and ...Read more

Coventry Lake

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

My closest friend emigrated West, petrified
To hop a jet back home; I exist in an equally isolated
East where fish are oblivious to their own
Water, where one loon separates from its flock.

Wind's kiteless. Names of friends drift away but acquaintances

Remain vivid. What benefit remedy when no symptoms...Read more

A Fold of Sun

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

We decided I
should go alone
on foot. I

would find
him in
the pharmacy. If

he said 'In
the head of
God all propositions

have existed
always,' we would make
the exchange.

He was standing
in front of the
calamine lotion.

He ...Read more


Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Do strangers make you human
Science fiction visiting bodies as cold fact
What unknown numbers govern our genes or phones

A constant thrum from outer space

Snow makes a sound in sand

You are seen from far far above

Unheard and vanished

bodies dismember to dirt

...Read more

Only a Dad

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Only a dad with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame,
To show how well he has played the game,
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come and to hear his voice.

Only a dad with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more.
Plodding...Read more

A Fixed Idea

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

What torture lurks within a single thought
When grown too constant; and however kind,
However welcome still, the weary mind
Aches with its presence. Dull remembrance taught
Remembers on unceasingly; unsought
The old delight is with us but to find
That all recurring joy is pain refined,
Become a habit, ...Read more

Black Storm Days

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

And leave shows in shambles, viewers bereft,
And characters to death or surgery,
So do I move beyond my yesterdays
Into a new life, an acropolis
So perfect it seems built to be ruined.
Like a swimming pool at noon in summer
The future waits coolly to be entered,
But disturbances of satisfaction
Can...Read more

The End of the Pier

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

I walked to the end of the pier
and threw your name into the sea,
and when you flew back to me-
a silver fish-I devoured you,
cleaned you to the bone. I was through.
But then you came back again:
as sun on water. I reached for you,
skimmed my hands over the light of you.
And when the sky darkened, ...Read more

Whether by Drowning or by Stars

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

When everyone was granted their childhood
wish for invisibility, it turned out
to be less erotically useful than we all
had imagined. Since then the first

legitimately wild idea I had I tamed
and named Thom Yorke, after a pony

who'd clomped among the precincts
of my visible youth, refusing ...Read more

Road Trip

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

I could complain. I've done it before.
I could explain. I could say, for instance, that
I'm sick of being slaughtered in my life's mountain passes,
covering my own long retreat,
the rear guard of my own brutal defeat-
dysentery and frostbite and snipers,
the mules freezing to death,
blizzards whipping ...Read more

The Bed on the Wall

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

After Robert Rauschenberg's "Bed,"
oil and pencil markings on pillow, quilt, and sheet, 1955
So garish: the arc of his interior
thinking. So red,

so deceptive. The coordinates of this project fall
between sheets and box spring:

the command of horizontal passage.
The bed soaked

...Read more

A Man Said to the Universe

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

A man said to the universe:
"Sir, I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."

About this poem
"A Man Said to the Universe" was published in "War Is Kind" (Frederick A. Stokes, 1899).

About Stephen Crane
Stephen Crane was born in ...Read more


Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Thou art come at length
More beautiful
Than any cool god
In a chamber under
Lycia's far coast,
Than any high god
Who touches us not
Here in the seeded grass.
Aye, than Argestes
Scattering the broken leaves.

About this poem
"Sitalkas" was published in "Des Imagistes: ...Read more


Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Outside my window it's never the same-
some mornings jasmine slaps the house, some mornings sorrow.
There is a word I overheard today, meaning lost
not on a career path or across a floating bridge:

Boketto-to stare out windows without purpose.
Don't laugh; it's been too long since we leaned

into ...Read more


Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

It is a cube, it is red, it is mountainous,
it is a bird of fire, it is the bones of the pelvis, it is a walnut,
it is treasured. It is yellow Saturn wobbling in its orbit.
It is danger, squawking.

It is the desire to sit down with strangers in cafes
and then it is the strangers in cafes,
it is the man ...Read more

Jim Limber the Adopted Mulatto Son of Jefferson Davis Visits His Adoptive Parents After the War

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

The man said I could see them if I wanted
He said America would never be
A place where we could live together not at

Least in my lifetime but the damned don't see

No important differences between the Ne-

gro and the White the damned don't see no bad

In folks ...Read more

Coffin Oseberg Covered Wagon for All Our Grievous Doings

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

What use in you you wrong wrought wood
what bevel escaped its key. A mandible
beyond its prey an arrow all shaft in each
one its torso oddly pierced and tails that spring
like thistle weed a root that wears a vacant stay
and tacky to the touch its itch to form a place
gone red with west and who will ride your ...Read more

Alphabet Street

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Prince Rogers Nelson, 1958-2016

"Adore" was my song
Back in '87-
Cool beans, I liked to say,
Desperately uncool.
Except for you.
Florida, a dirty hand
Gesture; the state, pay dirt.
Headphones on, I heard,
In a word, you were sex,
Just in time. Who was I
Kidding? Then, as ...Read more

On Imagination

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

Thy various works, imperial queen, we see,
How bright their forms! how deck'd with pomp by thee!
Thy wond'rous acts in beauteous order stand,
And all attest how potent is thine hand.

From Helicon's refulgent heights attend,
Ye sacred choir, and my attempts befriend:
To tell her glories with a faithful ...Read more

From Third Avenue On

Entertainment / Poem Of The Day /

And now she walks on out turned feet
Beside the litter in the street
Or rolls beneath a dirty sheet
Within the town.
She does not stir to doff her dress,
She does not kneel low to confess,
A little conscience, no distress
And settles down.

Ah God! she settles down we say;
It means her ...Read more



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