My sister-in-law, who has been trying to find this poem for years, first heard it from her grandmother. It's at least 50 years old and rhymes.
posted by she's not there
on Aug 21, 2014 -
This question refers to an earlier one I asked back in 2011, when people helped by searching the data bases of the New Yorker magazine, as I had done, and also the Atlantic Monthly. [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano
on Jul 4, 2014 -
I read this poem years ago, and I'm pretty sure it's by Rimbaud, but I can't find it on Google. I think it starts out by describing a beautiful summer landscape, perhaps some wheat fields in France, and then it turns darker and describes dead young WW1 soldiers who lie there bleeding. Which poem is this?
posted by mbrock
on Jun 29, 2014 -
Did I translate this poem
into French correctly? I'm looking more along the lines of grammar and vocabulary usages and so forth. (This is not a homework assignment; I just did it for fun.) [more inside]
posted by joethefob
on Jun 1, 2014 -
So vague. Sorry. Sometime between 1996-2000, I read a poem that I think
was Wordsworth (although I may be way off), the upshot of which was that the narrator was in some sort of splendid, gorgeous, natural, sublime setting and wanted to be reveling in it but was instead thinking about how they would remember the moment -- rather than actually "experiencing" the moment, the writer was instead meta-experiencing the experience of the moment and how they might describe it later. It was part of a class assignment in an Honors English class in California public schools, but as far as I can tell the teachers had quite a lot of leeway, curriculum-wise. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee
on May 23, 2014 -
I would like to create something for my three year old daughter: I want to calligraph and illustrate Kipling's "If" for her, either as a booklet or a single page. Now I am looking for ideas on what things to draw, surrounding the poem. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom
on May 16, 2014 -
Adrienne Rich's poem OCTOBRISH from fox
is one that I am fascinated by. But what is it about
? [more inside]
posted by morganannie
on Apr 11, 2014 -
When I was a kid I had a book in which there was a poem that started 'A slug-a-bed snuggled in somnolent sloom / When a sobersides slithered right into the room'. I've searched the web for the rest of the poem and while I can find some of the verses I can't locate the whole thing. There was a substance called 'slibber sauce' involved, I remember that, but because none of the online versions mention it I know they can't be the poem in its entirety. Can anyone help? And who was the poem written by?
posted by zozimus
on Mar 4, 2014 -
I recently saw Gloria
and about 35 minutes in Rodolfo woos Gloria by reading a poem to her. A comment on IMDB
identifies the author as Claudio Bertoni.
Can anyone confirm the author and help me to find the poem online in English?
posted by geekyguy
on Feb 24, 2014 -
Poetry question: Do you think Adrienne Rich's "November 1968" is literally about burning leaves? Does she intend that month and year to mean something to the reader? Any other thoughts? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson
on Nov 19, 2013 -
A very very dear friend died unexpectedly recently and I have been asked by the family to be among the non-family members who will speak at his memorial service. I've only ever spoken at my mother's memorial service, and I cheated by reading her favorite psalm. I know some things to do and some not to do, but I think I need more thoughts from the hivemind. [more inside]
posted by janey47
on Nov 4, 2013 -
Is there a recording online or perhaps on CD of Ticonderoga
, Robert Louis Stevenson's ballad about a curse on a Scottish highlander that is realized years later during a battle of the French and Indian War? [more inside]
posted by Francolin
on Oct 20, 2013 -
I woke up this morning thinking about a poem that I really liked in high school about a close friendship between two boys. I remember bits of it, but not enough for Google to help to identify the poem! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ocellar
on Oct 8, 2013 -
At my wedding I'm planning to have each table named and themed around a different colour. I would like to put a poem relating to the colour on the table. The problem is, the only poem I have come up with is 'a red, red rose' by Robert Burns which is exactly what I'm looking for, but I have 7 more colours to find.
Please give me poems that feature a colour (any colour apart from grey or black) and have a general theme of love and/or marriage.
posted by Laura_J
on Sep 7, 2013 -
Does anyone know the history behind this poem? I know that he wrote it for a fiance that died in a plane crash and that it was written on Christmas Eve 1943, but wondering about its involvement during WWII? I have heard it was used for codes but am looking for a little more depth of information. I am planning to read it at my grandmother's memorial service and she was a history buff so I would love to talk briefly about it's background and story. Thanks so much!
posted by Hmeleu
on Aug 13, 2013 -
Please help me find this poem about domestic violence. [Trigger warning] [more inside]
posted by Autumn
on Aug 5, 2013 -
I remember reading or hearing a contemporary poem that had a line about looking over silver glittery fish at a market, and thinking that they were all identical. The poem was intellectual rather than emotional or visual. A comparison was made to how humans are individuals, but fish (and by extension, categorical things) are just examples of an idea. This was the kind of thing I might have come across through NPR or the New Yorker - not obscure or anything. [more inside]
posted by mdn
on Jul 24, 2013 -
I am a Year 7 form tutor (students aged 12) and two of my students have been asked to read a poem together in the end of year assembly in a couple of weeks. It needs to be an existing poem rather than one written by them, unfortunately, and I'm finding it hard to find something appropriate. [more inside]
posted by Lotto
on Jul 3, 2013 -
Once I read a poem about admiring a man sleeping and seeing, in him, the icon of the war hero, the soldier, galloping horses...?
That's pretty much all I remember. Soooo.... anyone know what poem it was? Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus
on Jul 2, 2013 -
I'm looking for a particular recording of Alan Ginsberg reading America. It was on a mix tape I lost many years ago, and the particular moment that stands out is when he says "America I am the Scottsboro boys", someone in the (high as a kite and raucous) audience shouts out "you are
the Scottsboro boys!" Any pointers would be helpful, either to purchasable media or to online video.
posted by pmb
on Jun 15, 2013 -
I am trying to track down this poem by Ted Kooser. It's the title poem of a book published in 1976 and now out-of-print (and purchasing it on-line is at least $100+). I thought it might be in the collection Sure Signs (1980), and requested it from the library, Wasn't in that collection however. Can anyone tell me where I could find a copy of this poem? I've also checked on YouTube.
posted by jackmcc
on May 1, 2013 -
I'm hosting a wedding reception for a very good friend, with an Earth Day theme. The wedding favors will be an embellished brown paper lunch bag containing a few earth-friendly items, and I need a sweet little poem to include. [more inside]
posted by raisingsand
on Apr 18, 2013 -
Can you name (and ideally link to) this poem by Auden - the only thing I remember is that the theme is that he is imagining a civilization (or a city?) built out of water [more inside]
posted by zresearch
on Apr 2, 2013 -
"but am both and neither, being human". Or something.
I saw it once on a bus in Santa Cruz years ago, one of those PSAs some public agency ran with a couple of poems each month. I quite liked it, and have never again been able to track it down with a yearly poke at google. It occurs to me that AskMe might be a better place to try, especially since I remember it so poorly.
posted by freebird
on Feb 5, 2013 -
In college, I read a really fabulously sexy, funny prose poem, that I think may have been called "This Condition". The first line may have even started "In this condition..." It was basically a collection of allusions and metaphors to sexual arousal that sort of built to a rhythmic climax at the end. I recall a reference to the shape of Florida.
Oh, poetry lovers of AskMe, can you help me hunt this poem down? I'm desperate to read it again.
posted by mostlymartha
on Feb 2, 2013 -
This is a short question, but the internet sucks at poetry books so I've had no luck finding out what I need to know through other channels. Where can I find Tim Seibles' poem "The Groom"? Of his books that actually have a table of contents available online, that poem doesn't appear in any of them, and of course I haven't been able to find it among the other set. Help please! I love that poem and I want to have it again.
posted by invitapriore
on Jan 16, 2013 -
I am looking for a poem that was published in Granta magazine sometime between 1992-1995. It wasn't in a poetry-only issue. [more inside]
posted by Duffington
on Jan 12, 2013 -
When you rearrange the lines of this poem from ABC DEF to ACE BDF, it goes from being complimentary to critical about this... king? Maybe? What poem am I thinking of? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9
on Nov 17, 2012 -
Where can I find the text of the poem "Swabian Tale" by Ludwig Uhland
that Albert Einstein extracted the term "Valiant Swabian" to refer to himself in communication with his wife Mileva? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz
on Nov 5, 2012 -
Help me find this poem that involves the moon! I can't remember it but can remember the feeling I had when reading it! [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Oct 17, 2012 -
Can someone help me translate this wall scroll written in traditional Chinese characters? (photo inside) [more inside]
posted by melizabeth
on Oct 15, 2012 -
What is the title/who is the author of this half-remembered poem about a mother/child relationship and peaches (I think)? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can
on Oct 4, 2012 -
My girlfriend has a favorite poem that involves a cricket (or possibly grasshopper) and a bird. I believe the bird has a red belly. Can you help me find the poem (it may also be a short story). I realize I'm being vague- sorry!
posted by razzamatazm
on Sep 13, 2012 -
A very simple question about public domain and publishing, specifically regarding the use of a poem in a book. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell
on Sep 11, 2012 -
Ridiculously specific classical music question: What is the poem/program note that is supposed to be read before the final movement in Hindemith's 'Sonata for Alto Horn in E flat' (1943)? In the original German and the English translation, if possible. [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish
on Jul 13, 2012 -
Please help me find this poem about a car crash. I think it's from the New Yorker. Two drivers are in a car crash, and then they yell at each other until one of them says "wow, we were both scared," and then they feel better. Well, something like that. [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein
on Jul 7, 2012 -
Help me remember a long forgotten poem, Hive Mind! Here's what I remember: spring, a man growing horns and hooves, a fall into roots, red thread. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley
on Jun 27, 2012 -
My mom has sold my childhood home :( I want to leave a 'time machine' box with small objects in a place where it may or may not be found.... I want to write something but I'm at a loss for words... Can you suggest a poem? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree
on May 8, 2012 -
Help me identify a poem? It was about a train ride, I think it described the view through the train window, and I think it was written in dactyls. (It had a rhythm to it that felt like a train ride.)
posted by Bufo_periglenes
on Apr 11, 2012 -