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...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poignant poetry please

Suggestions for a poignant (but not depressing) poem to give on the occasion of a niece's christening? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Nov 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Spooky poems for reading out

What are your favourite spooky poems, that are two to three minutes long when read out, for an audience of adults? [more inside]
posted by siskin on Oct 24, 2011 - 16 answers

Poem about a creature dying

Asking for a friend: help identify this poem please! [more inside]
posted by cheesegrater on Oct 21, 2011 - 3 answers

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity, but unfortunately it also confused me

I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity but unfortunately it also confused me. It would be great if someone here could elucidate its meaning for me. The poem is The Curse by John Donne.
posted by gregb1007 on Sep 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Forward/Backward Poem(s)?

What is the name/term of art for a poem that can be read forward and have one meaning, and again backwards for another? [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing on Aug 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Name that poem

Help me remember this spoken word poem/poet [more inside]
posted by one little who on May 11, 2011 - 3 answers

That poet that wrote that poem about that thing...

Cannot remember who wrote this poem (maybe essay?) or where this line is from. The metaphor is about a hideous child trying to crawl into your lap, you keep pushing it away in dismay, the author points out that this child is your (life? your faults?) and you must accept it, invite it up into your lap, and kiss it. Who wrote this? My Google Fu has failed me.
posted by jeanmari on Jan 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Poetry inquiry

Can't remember a poem about drowning, and I think it has a mention of a "piston". Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by asymptotic on Jan 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Haikus are easy/But sometimes they don't make any sense/Refrigerator

Poetry recommendations for a a forced Thanksgiving dinner reading? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Nov 23, 2010 - 37 answers

How to respond to a Charlie the Unicorn when you can't take his freakin' kidney.

Every week during Poetry Workshop, we write criticisms on our classmates' poems. This week, my friend handed me this. How can I retaliate next week? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Nov 10, 2010 - 31 answers

Poem Identification

Poem Identification: Villanelle with lines from a Supremes song [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Sep 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me find a poem about winter that might be Theodore Roethke?

Looking for a poem about winter that I believe was Theodore Roethke but was in the New Yorker within the last ten years. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Jun 8, 2010 - 5 answers

If only I could thematically search my brain.

What poem am I thinking of? (Warning: woefully inadequate clues inside.) [more inside]
posted by ardent on Mar 29, 2010 - 24 answers

No cheese for Mother's Day

Help me find a non-cheesy short poem/quote/verse to put inside a Mother's Day card. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Feb 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Where can I find English translations of Dada poems online?

Where can I find English translations of Dada poems online? [more inside]
posted by bradbane on Jan 1, 2010 - 6 answers

What is this poem about servants to the rich and drunk?

Poemfilter: Trying to remember a poem I memorized at the last second and almost instantly forgot for an assignment in 10th grade. [more inside]
posted by Dojie on Dec 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Caged beast poem

Trying to track down a poem I remember reading at school. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Abraham Lincoln is tired in this poem.

PoemFilter: They exhumed the bones of Lincoln in order to re-inter him elsewhere, and the former president spoke of being tired, tired of the packing and unpacking and packing again. Do you know the poem? [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory on Nov 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors ...

Tell me of your favorite poem to welcome the autumn. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Sep 20, 2009 - 22 answers

Help me remember a poem about character and leadership.

I'm trying to remember a poem I read about a man's character. Or was it about leadership? [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g on Sep 11, 2009 - 3 answers

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