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How can I understand & delight this dylan thomas fan

A fantastic gentleman tonight at the coffee shop where I work recited a supposedly 4 verse poem by Dylan Thomas having to do with autumn and I am convinced I heard the word "Tulip" in there somewhere. My question is -- does anyone know what poem he may have been reciting? And even more -- can you think of a great way to respond to him the next time I see him? [more inside]
posted by soundproof on Dec 29, 2012 - 2 answers

I wrote a poem once

What is this poetic form called? [more inside]
posted by perhapses on Dec 29, 2012 - 1 answer

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

Too sad for a witty title

My grandad passed away today. My family have asked me to find a poem he might like, to read at his funeral. He was an engineer who would only read 'factual' things, such as instructional/educational books and later in life, a lot of biographies. He didn't go in for poetry at all that I know of. Would like to avoid 'Do not stand at my grave and cry'. Any reccommendations? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Dec 13, 2012 - 27 answers

The iciest rainfalls sweeping down from the heavens

I'm trying to find a poem that contains the line "the iciest rainfalls sweeping down from the heavens." [more inside]
posted by initapplette on Dec 10, 2012 - 5 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

once-off letterpress possible?

I want to print a once-off version of a long poem I've written for display; all I have so far are the words (no specific designs or illustrations or whatever). I really like the look of letterpress but it seems that letterpress places only do bulk orders. Is this true? Are there other options? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 17, 2012 - 9 answers

HELP ME FIND THIS POET! someone was reading his or her book on the train this morning and i didn't get a chance to ask "Who is that author?"

HELP ME FIND THIS POET! someone was reading his or her book on the train this morning and i didn't get a chance to ask "Who is that author?" although i did glimpse some verse, enough to know that i want to read more. some of the lines i remember: "in order to be structurally sound you must subject yourself to measurement" and "there are gods here that love us, and they want us to fuck, are you ready? have i earned another story?" that second line is from a poem called "a guide for the world to begin." i've been looking online but i can't find anything. i hope this looks familiar to someone. i also noticed that at the end of a book there was a note describing how the author was using ideas from the traditional tarot card deck as inspiration.
posted by zdravo on Nov 16, 2012 - 2 answers

I think I'm dumb-- or maybe just happy.

Wellbutrin flattening out creativity? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Nov 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Picking a selection of poems for a high school student

I'm tutoring a teen girl who loves Maya Angelou and writing her own poetry and I want to make her a book of poems to encourage/inspire her. What poems should I include? [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Nov 7, 2012 - 21 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

The Great Re-Education

I realized recently that as a college graduate with a B.A. in Philosophy, i know absolutely nothing. I want to educate myself in classic literature, great music (folk, jazz, classical), philosophy, poetry, and art. Where should i begin? The project seems overwhelming to me. I'm throwing out the TV and i want to occupy my time with material that will help me grow as an individual. Any ideas? Suggestions?
posted by hiddenknives on Nov 4, 2012 - 21 answers

What poetry should I read?

Can you suggest a poet or two to me? I'd like to have some poems to read at night before I go to sleep. I don't know anything about poetry and I'm afraid that buying something at random or because it has won a prize will leave me with poetry that is too dense and unapproachable. [more inside]
posted by Area Man on Oct 17, 2012 - 46 answers

Emily Dickinson's Weirdest Poems (or Portions Thereof)?

For a project I'm working on, I need to find some of Emily Dickinson's most bizarre, inscrutable, puzzling, borderline-disturbing poems (or just single lines/couplets/stanzas etc.). Rather than go through all her poems trying to find them, I thought I'd ask her to see if anyone knew of any. I'll also accept poems where she talks about writing or language--I have some quotes but not anything full. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Oct 8, 2012 - 5 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

How do I develop my skills as a poet if I cannot (currently) afford a workshop?

How do I develop my skills as a poet if I cannot (currently) afford a workshop? [more inside]
posted by hollypolly on Sep 30, 2012 - 15 answers

How to find Hermann Hesse in English?

Hermann Hesse apparently published a book called Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte (Trees: Reflections and Poems) and I'm trying to find a version in English, because it sounds awesome. Look. [more inside]
posted by Cobalt on Sep 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Mountain books

I am looking for literary works about mountains. I imagine they exist, because being in mountains and climbing them and seeing everything from up high is such a powerful experience. I know there are movies about this (for instance the silent ones by Arnold Franck), and I suppose there must be an equivalent in writing. Ideally, they would be rather lyrical or poetic texts. Any ideas, hive-mind?
posted by MrMisterio on Sep 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Short and Funny Poems

Do you know any short funny poems? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Sep 7, 2012 - 55 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

i'll let you be in my dream if i can be in yours

help! a quick quote on love from greek poetry and mexican poetry for a wedding toast. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 answers

The perfect birthday poem for an adolescent girl.

Help! Looking for a poem to include in a birthday card to my daughter who turns 13 tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by incandissonance on Aug 16, 2012 - 8 answers

How many churches does the sky have?

Answers to the Book of Questions? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Jul 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Did I really hear this weird bit of surreal poetry by (I think) Peter Gabriel on the radio years ago?

When I was about 15 (circa 1994), I remember listening to some sort of radio program (on NPR or similar) wherein they played an extremely bizarre bit of surreal spoken-word verse by a very young Peter Gabriel. Or at least I *think* it was Peter Gabriel. In any case, I would love to hear it again and actually learn what album/collection it came from. Presuming I didn't imagine this weird thing involving a train and a golden rod... [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jul 17, 2012 - 3 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

Identify this poem

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

Lost Love, Lost Poem

Help! What was the name of that WB Yeats poem? [more inside]
posted by cytherea on Jul 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they?

Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 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

poetry for the hard times

I am looking for 'healing' poetry: poems that 1) urge you to keep going, 2) tell you that yes, life is hard, but you can do it, 3) remind you to keep your shit together, 4) embrace you and say that you are not alone in this, or 5) just say that this too shall pass. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Jul 4, 2012 - 31 answers

Famous poets traveling to new locations to test their ability

I remember reading somewhere that some famous, ancient (?) Japanese (?) poets liked to travel to new places where they were not yet well-known, in order to test their abilities and attempt to re-establish themselves as talented poets. Does this ring any bells? Do you know of any sources that talk about such a thing? Any examples of such poets? Anything similar in a field other than poetry?
posted by palet on Jun 28, 2012 - 9 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

What last lines stand out in your head?

What are the best ending lines of poems/short stories/novels/movies? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Jun 22, 2012 - 72 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

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

The next big poet.

I'm retreading T. S. Eliot's "The Wasteland" and wondering who the most important poets of the last decade are--who is Eliot's heir apparent? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jun 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Triangle-shaped literary magazine?

I am looking for any information about a triangle-shaped literary magazine that was published in Northampton, MA in the 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Contemporary poetry recommendations?

Contemporary poetry with an older feel? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Apr 12, 2012 - 14 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

Best practices for ID3 tags? Difficulty level: poetry/spoken word.

What are the best practices for entering ID3 tags when it comes to poetry/spoken word? [more inside]
posted by malocchio on Apr 6, 2012 - 4 answers

I'm looking for poetry that makes exceptional use of enjambment, both positively and negatively.

I'm looking for poetry that makes exceptional use of enjambment, both positively and negatively. [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Apr 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Poetry reading

I'm looking for a reading recording of the poem by Ntozake Shange: With No Immediate Cause . [more inside]
posted by what's her name on Apr 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Besides Shakespeare, who are the writers with the greatest wit and rhetorical skill?

Besides Shakespeare, who are the writers with the greatest wit and rhetorical skill? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Mar 29, 2012 - 56 answers

And it was at that age, Poetry arrived in search of me

I want to start writing creatively, and am thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus on Mar 27, 2012 - 12 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

Greetings, Poetry Lovers! Help me remember this poem.

Trying to find a half-remembered poem. It was something about transitory natural states, and I think it specifically mentioned the moment when rain turns to sleet or sleet turns to snow or some such. I think some kind of precipitation was the subject. And that's all I have. Thanks for anything you can offer!
posted by mattholomew on Mar 13, 2012 - 6 answers

In Search of Lost Time

Looking for a lit/poetry email-newsletter thingy I used to subscribe to. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Mar 12, 2012 - 5 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

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