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Help me find this poem about a Vermeer painting

This is a long shot because I'm so fuzzy on the details but I've exhausted my searching skills: I'm looking for a poem (it's possible it was a very, very short story) about a woman in a Vermeer painting -- maaaybe in reference to the one stolen from the Gardner Museum, since it ends with her "escaping." The bits and pieces I remember are inside. [more inside]
posted by ella_minnow on Oct 31, 2016 - 7 answers

Kipling Poem?

Trying to find a half-remember verse that goes vaguely like "(something something)/ever since the world began/for those who have to keep/and those to take who can" - thought it might be Kipling but Google won't help me.
posted by tspae on Oct 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me remember this weird poem

I'm trying to recall a poem which was a long (book-length!) list of sentences that were exactly the same except each one contained a slightly different list of names. It was something like "in [name] [name] and [name] was [name]". [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Sep 28, 2016 - 4 answers

A Pox On Knox - Mefite investigators, have at it!

Silly old poem from my childhood. I'd love to find the whole thing and the origin, and my google-fu is not all that strong on the best of days. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Aug 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Best way to memorize poetry?

Part of Kid BlahLaLa's summer schoolwork is memorizing two poems. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 31, 2016 - 29 answers

Looking for an italian poem about rain

I am trying to find a poem I studied twenty years ago in Italy in an italian-language literature class. It was about the aftermath of a rainstorm. It was not 'Dopo La Pioggia' by Gianni Rodari. I remember a few things about the author: At latest early twentieth century. Liked to use antiquated (italian) words. Was a very sad person who didn't believe that happiness existed, only the absense of unhappiness. I spoke italian pretty fluently at that point in my life so it might have been part of the canon taught in Italian high school or middle school curricula. I also remember studying a poem about a fountain by the same author (maybe). Ring any bells?
posted by bq on Jun 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Looking for quotations and poems about doctors

The doctor who has been my wonderful GP for 20 years is retiring. I want to send her a note expressing appreciation for her excellent care, and I'd like to include an appropriate quotation or short poem. Any suggestions?
posted by Corvid on Jan 13, 2016 - 2 answers

Wedding reading that compares love to travel/foreign countries

A very close friend (American) is marrying someone from another culture (Iranian), and they currently both live and work in another country (Singapore). They love to travel and neither of them are religious (in fact, both are atheists.) I'm helping them design a wedding ceremony and am looking for a non-religious poem or reading that compares love to the experience of travel and/or encountering new cultures. I've searching online fruitlessly. The couple seems not to like Rumi-style romantic poems, so something more wry/modern would be great. Thank you MeFi!
posted by lastwomanstanding on Jan 4, 2016 - 9 answers

What was this poem?

I'm trying to remember the name of a southwestern poet and one of his poems. Here's what I'm sure of: [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Dec 16, 2015 - 3 answers

"Hire us / lucid; I'm / finesse undue"

I fucken love Catriona Strang's poetry. Who's like her? Or who else might I like? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Dec 12, 2015 - 7 answers

German phrase

When Rilke says, "Vielleicht, daß ich durch schwere Berge gehe / in harten Adern, wie ein Erz allein," does his last phrase mean "like an ore [moves], alone" or "alone like an ore" or "like only an ore [can move]"? Translators seem to all assume the first.
posted by kalapierson on Nov 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Rhymes in that ol' 5A, 5A, 7B; 5C, 5C, 7B structure

What poems follow the rhyming scheme and syllable pattern shared by The Cremation of Sam McGee, Rocky Raccoon and the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Nov 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Poem called "December 5th, 1969" about a squirrel taking a leap of faith

Written by a professor or grad student at UT-Austin many years ago, maybe on/around that date. Was once on the web, now long gone. Any help/clues appreciated.
posted by TigerMoth on Oct 19, 2015 - 1 answer

No dirty limericks, but a veiled sonnet would be nice

Wedding poetry recommendations for a pair of active, late 20-somethings? [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jul 23, 2015 - 12 answers

Poem about average likability of a couple

I’m looking for a poem I happened upon, I think at Poetry Foundation or poets.org and I think by a male poet, that goes something like, you have to like a couple at least 75% to hang out with them and if one of the couple is 25% and the other is 95% it doesn’t average out. My pitiful search terms bring no joy at PF, Poets, or on the rest of the web.
posted by cocoagirl on Jul 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Need some birthday poems

I'm going to an event this week where people sit around and eat and drink and read poetry, either their own or by others. Since it also happens to be the organizer's birthday, I'd like to read a birthday-related poem, something by a contemporary poet. [more inside]
posted by daikon on Jun 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me find a poem

Please help me find a poem. I have very few details. Kind of a long shot. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Mar 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Poem about the magi and gifts of gold, frankincense & myrrh?

I'm trying to find a poem I came across a few years ago about the magi (or kings or astrologers or "wise men") and their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. I know a lot of poems, among other literature, have been written about their visit, but this poem was unique in that it ended in horror. [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Jan 4, 2015 - 10 answers

googling "poems about death??"

What's the name of this contemporary poem about death and uniqueness? Details I'm sure about: the poem was fairly short, fairly contemporary. It was about how upon death, the world would lose the small, unique details of a person (their laugh, way of speaking, etc.) and would have to remember them. It was literary and not too obscure. The mood was warm and melancholic. [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Dec 19, 2014 - 4 answers

...And the goblins will get ya if ya don't watch out!

I'm looking for creepy couplets, spooky sonnets, and other Halloween-y poems to share with younger children. Shorter is better, and I'm not interested in the overtly gross. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Sep 29, 2014 - 20 answers

Cartoons easy, poetry hard - New Yorker poems for the hard-of-thinking

Do you know of any sites or blogs or discussion boards about current and past New Yorker poems? [more inside]
posted by lois1950 on Sep 17, 2014 - 1 answer

Poem ID: two lovers meet in a shop and touch hands over handkerchiefs

I've thus far been unable to find this poem online given only the lines I remember. It starts off with something like "she asked how much for the handkerchiefs..." and then she flirts with the store worker, and they use the handkerchiefs as an excuse to touch hands. And there's a line about the shopkeeper being in the back so he doesn't notice... [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Sep 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Non-soppy wedding readings for non-heterosexual wedding?

My cousin is marrying his boyfriend and has asked me to speak at his wedding reception. I don't know my cousin but as nearly his only family there I would like to pull this off, preferably by dint of reading a poem. Please help me find the poem. [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Sep 9, 2014 - 30 answers

Poem about Jack, who rescues a baby from an oncoming train and dies.

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 - 4 answers

I need help finding a poem published in Harper's Magazine?

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 - 6 answers

Poem (Rimbaud?) about young soldiers' blood in summer fields

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 - 6 answers

What Sylvia Plath poem am I thinking of?

It mentions her father but it's not "Daddy". [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Jun 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Did I translate this poem into French correctly?

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 - 9 answers

What (Poem) Am I Thinking Of

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 - 5 answers

Illustrating Kipling's "If" for a toddler

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 - 5 answers

Terry Pratchett's favo[u]rite limerick?

I'm trying to find Terry Pratchett's favo[u]rite limerick. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on May 5, 2014 - 2 answers

What is this Adrienne Rich poem about?

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 - 8 answers

Can you complete this poem?

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 - 8 answers

Identify The Poe(t|m)

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 - 1 answer

What poem and poet is this recording?

Who wrote this poem: "Blue Moon"? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Adrienne Rich poem

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 - 13 answers

First time Eulogist. Helpful hints?

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 - 17 answers

Many a name I know, But never a name like this.

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 - 2 answers

Help me find the name of this poem!

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 - 2 answers

Poems featuring a colour

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 - 22 answers

Poetry recs wanted

Recommend me poems about children and parenthood that have the opposite sentiment of Philip Larkin's This Be The Verse. [more inside]
posted by Wonton Cruelty on Sep 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Leo Marks- "The Life That I Have", History?

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! [more inside]
posted by Hmeleu on Aug 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Please help me find this poem about domestic violence.

Please help me find this poem about domestic violence. [Trigger warning] [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Aug 5, 2013 - 4 answers

recentish poem about thinking and dead fish?

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 - 4 answers

Poem for the last day of Year 7

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 - 9 answers

Half-remembered poem about the beauty of a sleeping man?

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 - 5 answers

Finding a particular recording of Alan Ginsberg reading America

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 - 4 answers

Help me find yet another obscure volume from childhood...

I'm looking for a collection of children's poetry that contains "Lord Bateman." Complicating factor: I am not convinced the one I'm looking for is "One Thousand Poems for Children." [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on May 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Not Coming to Be Barked At

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 - 6 answers

Rhyme and Meter

Is there an article or section from a book that specifically deals with poetry's rhyme and meter? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Apr 26, 2013 - 13 answers

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