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They're off!

Trying to remember/identify a poem I remember from an old compilation of Beat stuff. It went something along these lines of "If castration rewarded greatness, such an honor to hear, 'They're off!'" I want to say the poet was an African-American with the first name Michael, possible Irish-ish last name.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 29, 2014 - 8 answers

tweet me a novel

I'm enjoying following Moby Dick excerpts via Twitter, and Angus MacLise's calendar poem YEAR. Are there any other Twitter accounts like this that the hive would recommend? [more inside]
posted by ethel on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Great, accessible poetry to share with others?

For National Poetry Month last year, I posted a poem a day for a certain circle of friends on Facebook. This was really well-received, and I'd like to continue this year but used up a lot of my favorites last year. What specific poems can you suggest that a general but well-educated audience would appreciate on first (or, at most, second) read? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Apr 1, 2014 - 29 answers

Lucky shirt.

What are your favorite relatively realistic love poems? Modern poets especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Mar 10, 2014 - 26 answers

Poems about violence against women and girls

I'm looking for poems which are (broadly) related to violence against women and girls - and am drawing a blank. Does anyone have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas on Feb 12, 2014 - 24 answers

The best laid plans of mice and men

Can anyone point me to any good poems that deal with uncertainty? I've been reading a little about Keats' negative capability, and wishing I had more to sink my teeth into. [more inside]
posted by citizenface on Jan 25, 2014 - 12 answers

All I want for Christmas is a poem!

We are doing secret Santa exchange at work in which everyday we leave a small gift for the recipient. I want to make all my little gifts tie together using a poem. Halp? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Dec 15, 2013 - 3 answers

How to present a copy of a ribbon-themed poem as a wedding gift?

I have commissioned a poem for some lovely, non-materialistic friends, who requested no gifts for their wedding. The theme of the poem is the leminscate (a figure 8) as a metaphor for marriage, and it evokes the word's greek meaning of "decorated with ribbons." This would seem to lend itself to some interesting, crafty ideas for how to frame or print a copy of the poem, but I am not crafty, and am drawing a blank. And it probably shouldn't look like one of those "Support our Troops" ribbon icons either. Any better ideas?
posted by yarly on Aug 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Inner strength quotes

I am looking for quotes/phrases/short poems that sum up the feeling of I'm struggling but I'll survive. Something that encompasses the struggle of being knee deep in the mud of hard facing your psyche/complexes but also that you know you will be able to get through it. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jul 15, 2013 - 47 answers

I've been as far in hyperspace as anyone can...

I'm looking for readings that talk about going on adventures together, or even better, one person taking the lead and showing the other person a lot of adventures. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Jun 14, 2013 - 3 answers

More poems like Millay's Recuerdo?

Please recommend poems like "Recuerdo" by Edna St. Vincent Millay. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 11, 2013 - 11 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

What are some life-affirming poems?

What are other life-affirming poems like Derek Walcott's "Love After Love"? I don't like really New Age-y or nature-oriented poetry, but poetry about food, wine, children, celebrations, etc are all welcome. More examples and context inside. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Mar 1, 2013 - 19 answers

What would be a good reading, poem or ritual for a women's group?

Friends are starting a women's group and are looking for a ritual or a reading as a way to begin each meeting. It's a group that includes their teenage daughters so it needs to appeal to both. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by hellochula on Feb 13, 2013 - 17 answers

What is the correct punctuation of the last stanza of Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening?

I need the correct version (punctuation) of Robert Frost's Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, please. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Dec 17, 2012 - 28 answers

money for writing? score!

How to get a book of poetry published? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Dec 3, 2012 - 14 answers

After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes.

I'm looking for a Lynda Barry comic that ran after 9/11, illustrating Emily Dickinson's Poem #372 which begins, "After great pain, a formal feeling comes." [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Oct 17, 2012 - 2 answers

Quote, Poem, Song Lyrics, or other text for holiday card

I am designing my own holiday cards, with pictures of my family on the front. They are awesome looking so far, and I am really excited. A blank space on the back of the card is what I'm trying to fill; a 5" wide area, about 4-5 lines in 10-12 pt font. [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 on Sep 30, 2012 - 3 answers

tell me more about Margaret Fishback [Antolini]?

help me further get to know my favorite poet. [more inside]
posted by quiteliterally on Aug 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Who wrote the old book of poems for kids, "It May Be So, It May Be Not"?

I've got another "what was that thing from my childhood?" sort of question, and I've combed through Google and Amazon and Abebooks to no avail. A book of short quirky poems for children, probably illustrated. Mid 1970s. Very likely published by Scribners, we had tons of their hardcover books from an uncle who worked there (now deceased, so I can't ask him.) I thought the title was "It May Be So, It May Be Not", which was also the title of a poem in the book that went, either partially or entirely... [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?

What are some rhyming kids' books (4-7 yrs) that are actually enjoyable for the poetry, as well as the story and pictures? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2012 - 25 answers

What's the name of the sonnet form that looks like it rhymes, but doesn't rhyme when spoken aloud?

What's the name of the sonnet form that looks like it rhymes, but doesn't rhyme when read out loud? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jun 4, 2012 - 15 answers

Poems with a feminist slant?

I'm looking for poetry with a feminist leaning and/or covering a certain set of topics. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Mar 23, 2012 - 30 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

Tell Me About This Poem At My Subway Stop!

Can someone tell me the author and history of this poem engraved into the bricks on the floor by the inbound train at the Davis Square T stop in Somerville MA? [more inside]
posted by shushufindi on Jan 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Awkward Ages to be an Orphan

Can you recommend poems to read for this particular existential contemplation? [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

i want to sound my barbaric yawp!

help me find poems that are self-affirming and kind of narcissistic in nature. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Dec 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Inspirational quotes/essays/poems - Got any good ones, Metafilter?

Inspirational quotes/essays/poems/pictures - Got any good ones? [more inside]
posted by pseudonymph on Dec 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Hi, I'm anon. Am I a philistine?

Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 27 answers

Examples of "funky, soulful" lyrics?

Examples of "funky, soulful" lyrics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me find some paradoxical poems.

Paradoxical Poems [more inside]
posted by Elmore on Sep 25, 2010 - 24 answers

Which poets/volumes should I read to my newborn?

Which poets/volumes should I read to my newborn? Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on May 18, 2010 - 20 answers

"Serious over my cereal"

QuotationFilter: "Serious over my cereal, I broke one morning my fast, with something-to-read-searching retina ... " [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Apr 25, 2010 - 9 answers

I want things that make you grunt

What's your favorite little-known poem? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Apr 13, 2010 - 72 answers

Pablo Neruda's French Equivalent?

What French-language poets remind you of Pablo Neruda? [more inside]
posted by datarose on Jan 18, 2010 - 7 answers

It is this deep blankness is the real thing strange.

What happened to the wondering minstrels poetry database and how can I find a replacement? [more inside]
posted by winna on Jan 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Produce poems?

I'm looking for poems about food, especially fruits and vegetables. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jun 26, 2009 - 22 answers

Poetry in Spanish?

Recommend some poems/poets in Spanish? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Mar 12, 2009 - 24 answers

Poetry Web Sites

Internet resources for understanding poetry. [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Feb 4, 2009 - 20 answers

Looking for Lit. mags that are known for their book reviews.

Looking for literary magazines that are well-known for their reviews of newly-published poetry, both chapbooks and full-length books. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Jan 16, 2009 - 5 answers

This is such a crazy long shot

Heroin addict decides to face her habit so she moves to the bucolic Scottish (or Irish, somewhere in the UK at any rate) countryside, meets a (decades-older) blind farmer, falls in love, kicks the habit, eventually has to grieve his death, starts writing luminous poetry, publishes... but what is her name, or the name of her book? (last-minute, last-ditch Xmas-gift-filter) [more inside]
posted by Aubergine on Dec 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me find a quote/poem/proverb about friendship and neighbors.

Please help me find a quote, proverb or poem, about friendship and neighbors. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Dec 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Poems for dogs

I am looking for poems, anectotes and short stories online which celebrate dogs and their friendship. This is to cheer my boyfriend, whose family's pet who is very ill. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Oct 22, 2008 - 13 answers

Poems/songs about a geographically distant beloved?

What are some good poems (or songs) about a beloved person traveling very far away (from the speaker of the poem/song)? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jul 8, 2008 - 33 answers

Help a French student find a poem to memorize.

I need some help finding French poems that meet some specific guidelines. I'm currently in my 5th year of high school French. I'm going to a competition where I'll be reciting some memorized poetry, but I haven't had much luck finding anything good to memorize. I need some suggestions of French poems that are *good*, fairly long but not too long, and use moderately advanced vocabulary. I've looked, but I need some guidance from people who know more about this than me. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Mar 13, 2008 - 25 answers

Questions about poetry.

I don't know shit about poetry but have been enjoying Leonard Cohen, Charles Bukowski, Charles Simic, and Robert Creeley for years. (I mostly like works about relationships, romance, love...) Who else should I read? Also, in addition to "practice", how does one get better at reading/writing poetry. Can you also recommend journals / anthologies / web sites / quarterlies?
posted by dobbs on Feb 8, 2007 - 39 answers

Poems for Independence Day

Asking for a friend: I'm looking for poems appropriate for the 4th of July, preferably non-militiristic and not cheesy, that are maybe kind of thought-provoking in a nice, non-threatening sort of way. [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Dec 5, 2006 - 4 answers

I'd like a little Christmas tripe with my Christmas trifle, please...

I want to write a Christmas-themed essay for my book review blog, and I'm trying to come up with some Christmas lit to review. It might be fun, for instance, to gather together a selection of Christmas tripe such as Santa's Christmas Prayer (link not safe for those who have any literary sensibilities and have just eaten) and go to town on it. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, to write something about Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Which Christmas novels/stories/poems do you love and loathe? I don't review movies, so text only please...
posted by orange swan on Nov 28, 2006 - 13 answers

What poem would YOU like to hear?

Poetry reading suggestions for a non-poet? [more inside]
posted by Rash on Aug 3, 2006 - 24 answers

Who writes your favourite light verse?

Ogden Nash made quite a splash. And somewhat darker, Dottie Parker. Silverstein was near divine, And all revere old Edward Lear. But now I suffer from a curse: My thirst for rhyme has grown perverse! I need a doctor or a nurse; My problem is becoming worse. So lest I end up in a hearse, Please point me t'wards some more light verse!
posted by Robot Johnny on Jul 13, 2006 - 59 answers

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