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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

Poets of Metafilter, Unite!

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 - 8 answers

Identify this poem by W.H. Auden please

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 - 4 answers

I once read a poem about "being the rock and the water around the rock"

"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 - 4 answers

What are the title and author of this awesome, sexy prose poem.

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 - 4 answers

Where can I find Tim Seibles' poem "The Groom"?

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 - 4 answers

Contemporary Poem about Loss

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 - 2 answers

poetry causes the best kind of headache.

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 - 11 answers

Text of the "Swabian Tale" cherished by Einstein?

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 - 2 answers

And the moon will be yours to do whatever you like

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 - 6 answers

Please help with a Chinese translation!

Can someone help me translate this wall scroll written in traditional Chinese characters? (photo inside) [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Oct 15, 2012 - 2 answers

What is this half-remembered poem about motherhood and peaches?

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 - 7 answers

Help me figure out the name of this poem!

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 - 9 answers

Can I publish a public domain poem?

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 - 5 answers

What was the poem within this sonata?

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 - 3 answers

Identify this poem

Poem identification help! [more inside]
posted by Lotto on Jul 12, 2012 - 4 answers

What is this poem about a car accident?

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 - 3 answers

Have you seen the jack in the green?

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 - 5 answers

Where did this poem come from?

Help me find what the recent limerick thread, and Sokka Shot First's comment dislodged from my memory: [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Jun 19, 2012 - 2 answers

Da-DUM Da-DUM Da-DUM Da

Calling all poetry nerds: How would you describe the metre of this poem? [more inside]
posted by robotot on Jun 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Poetry & poignancy for the end of an era (& sale of my childhood home)?

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 - 17 answers

well you can't and you won't and you don't stop

Name That Poem: It's about reading all night. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Apr 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Identify this poem about a train ride?

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 - 10 answers

Poems/lyrics about sex

What are some good poems/lyrics about ALL aspects of sex? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 22, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me identify a poem by Adrienne Rich?

Help me identify the poem by Adrienne Rich to which the title of Ghazal on Half a Line by Adrienne Rich, by Marilyn Hacker, refers?
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Mar 10, 2012 - 2 answers

How to Survive a Bear Attack and Selling Typewriters, in Literature

Help me find two pieces of literature I read about thirty years ago, one a short story, the other a poem. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Name that Latin/Italian/Greek/English poem! About death!

Name that Latin, Greek, or Italian poem... Can you identify this poem from my senile grandfather's sparse details? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Feb 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Poem of stereotypes medieval students had of different nationalities?

Poem of stereotypes medieval students had of different nationalities? [more inside]
posted by fussbudget on Feb 11, 2012 - 1 answer

Short poem about bread and stones for your child?

Poetry filter: Google can't help me as the poem plays on the Luke 11:11 "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone?". Driving me mad not being able to find it, a a short 5-6 line poem, from an old UK anthology, Voices, which says broadly that in the future, we will all be equal and share, but still I will give stones to other children and keep bread for my own child. Not a translation and a modern non-rhyming poem.
posted by viggorlijah on Feb 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Printing, Framing and delivery a picture frame in Chicago

Frame Robert Fulgham's text as a gift to a soon-to-be-married couple. In Chicago. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jan 25, 2012 - 3 answers

I wish the autumn flowers would resemble the author's name

Obscure Poetry Filter: Help me solve a mystery I've been considering for the last eight years. I need help to identify this poem that I got out of a random library book in college. It's definitely a Japanese or Chinese male author, and I'm pretty sure it came from the 1960's (the book was an anthology of Japanese and Chinese poetry from the 50's-70's, though the memory of the exact decades are a bit sketchy). [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jan 12, 2012 - 6 answers

I guess it's too much to hope for that there's a Poem Fairy.

I got weird spam (?) consisting of an 8th-century Chinese poem. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Dec 22, 2011 - 7 answers

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