I've been reading the Vorkosigan Saga, and I'm really enjoying the political-intrigue aspect. They've reminded me of a book I read at least five years ago, but I can only half-remember it...hoping the bits and pieces are familiar to someone here: - a human male protagonist who is a diplomat or attache or moves or works in that area (at least during the events of the novel) - a politically important event (negotiations?) involving humans and aliens, on earth or another planet (not in space) - a friend/colleague of the protagonist is a non-human who I believe is a floating sphere (which I think was on the cover and looked sort of pokemon-logo-ish) - a poetry contest(?) which the sphere person is interested in, and the poetry was a particularly complex form, possibly (or compared to) haiku or tanka (possibly knowing about or composing this type of poetry was necessary or useful in the diplomatic mission) Any bells?
I'm looking for a particular comedy poem about goths. [more inside]
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]
Help me identify an obscure(?) British(?) poem. [more inside]
Trying to find a poem: I don't know much about it, but remember a few details. The main details revolve around a guy watching a baseball game while on drugs. It may have been French in origin. It may have been some other sport, but I'm almost positive it was baseball.
Did I imagine this Sappho fragment describing love as a "terrible lizard?" [more inside]
What is it like editing a literary magazine in the age of the internet? [more inside]
Publicdomainpoetryfilter: I'm trying to find a poem (any poem, not a specific poem) that is:
- in the public domain
- written in two "voices" or contains two perspectives
- (less important) one of the voices is prevented from doing something for some sort of reason
Trying to track down the location of a quotation by the French/Uruguayan poet Jules Laforgue, mentioned by Johan Huizinga. [more inside]
Help me identify this (French) Rilke poem. Details within. [more inside]
Hey classicists! What's the best translation of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura? [more inside]
Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
How did poetry die out as a popular art form? [more inside]
Could you help me understand a poem? "Frederiksted, Dusk" by Derek Walcott. [more inside]
Poetry recommendations? [more inside]
What is the title, author, and complete text of a poem that starts with "October swings from moon to moon"?
What is the title, author, and complete text of a poem that starts with the phrase "October swings from moon to moon"? [more inside]
Trying to find a poem I read in the New Yorker 2-4 years ago -- using only one phrase and one image... help! [more inside]
I am looking for a poem that I read in Time or Newsweek or some such magazine about ten years ago (probably longer). I am almost sure that the poet was Scandinavian and the poem was about the co-existence of good and bad things in the world. The poem illustrated this concept by talking about the existence of a tongue amongst sharp teeth and how a gentle heart is held by the rib cage. Any ideas? Thanks.
Can anyone tell me, well, ANYTHING about a person (hypothetically) standing on the sun? [more inside]
Help me remember this spoken word poem/poet [more inside]
MIKE ROMOTH slacks in Seattle. [more inside]
(for a friend) I am looking for "the word used to describe a description of a work of art or poem within another work--its a term used in art history and poetics, and it drives me crazy that it escapes me."
This is a question for people who read widely, but don't choose to read poetry. What are you're reasons for not reading the stuff? [more inside]
I am looking for a poem I read once online about an artist (Matisse? Gaugin?) who confronts his eye doctor about not wanting to wear eyeglasses. In the poem, the artist talks about how his blurry vision allows him to experience the world as connected. It's a really beautiful poem, but I can't find it through all of the eyeglasses spam on Google. Can anyone point me to the poem?
So, my poetry is going to be in a large local juried art show. One of my poems is professing my love for my boyfriend. We haven't said "I love you." but have discussed marriage and house-buying and will be living together this summer. Should I point out the poem is about him to him? [more inside]
I am looking for literary magazines that specialize in short short pieces, prose and poetry. [more inside]
Could you help my friend find a poem to comfort the family of a friend who has just died? The young man had gone through some bumps in his life and was just starting to turn it around, and then, tragically, he died an accidental death. She’s looking for something fairly short (under 10 lines), modern, nothing too literary, and something that celebrates the immortality of family love. I’ve looked on previous Ask MeFi posts, but most of the poems I see there are unsuitable for various reasons. She doesn’t want anything tailored to a funeral; she would like to send this poem directly to the family for them to reread in the coming months (perhaps put on a fridge to turn to for comfort).
Again moved by the shimmery beauty of Broken Social Scene's "Market Fresh", after not listening to it for a long time, I decided to look up the song lyrics. I'm interested in people's interpretation of them.. [more inside]
If there are "poetry generator" engines available on the Web, is there anything that comes close to reading input of (English) poetry which then computer-generates the scansion pattern that might result from somebody reading it? [more inside]
Poetry that's not emotion based? [more inside]
Long forgotten poem filter: do you know who wrote this poem? [more inside]
KoreanLanguageFilter: Would magnetic poetry work in Korean? I want to make a set as a Valentine's Day gift with Korean and English words. [more inside]
PoetryFilter: I am looking for the poet and title of a poem I read yesterday. [more inside]
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.
Can't remember a poem about drowning, and I think it has a mention of a "piston". Can anyone help? [more inside]
Help me appreciate poetry (I suppose specifically blank verse by the examples below of what I've read) by teaching me to understand the merits of the poet's constructions! I enjoy literature because of their content, and not so much the aesthetics or specific construction of sentences, words, meter, rhyme, and so forth. For the most part, this has been fine for me because conventionally at least when one comes across poetry, its not in the manner of an epic tale and so I don't feel like I'm missing out on too much. [more inside]
[Creative Writing Filter] I'm looking for some online resources to help me get back into creative writing after a three year break. [more inside]
In the mechanics of blank verse, why do feminine endings go with eleven-syllable lines? [more inside]
What are some readings/stories/essays/poetry that might ease the shock of returning to "civilization" after 3 months in the wilderness? [more inside]
I would like to read a biography of Emily Dickinson. Do you know of a well written, not too highly academic one? [more inside]
What are the best online communities for poets? This previous thread says that poetryslamming was pretty good, but it looks dead now. Are there any others?
Examples of "funky, soulful" lyrics? [more inside]
How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it? [more inside]
Specific Thanksgiving poem by a Latino author? I am trying to find a remembered poem for a professor about Thanksgiving that he remembers reading. Poem is in English, by a Latino poet, very funny, and about a young person explaining to his/her parents what Thanksgiving is/means. The prof thinks the poem was by a male author. (minor additional details below the fold) [more inside]
Poetry recommendations for a a forced Thanksgiving dinner reading? [more inside]
Trying to identify a line of poetry - possibly written by an Irishman - that goes something like "a face marked by a lifetime of venal sin". [more inside]
I'm suddenly very interested in stories, novels, films, music, poems, and comics/graphic narratives that take insanity, altered states of consciousness, and/or terminal illness as a primary theme. My general preference is for science fiction and speculative fiction, but suggestions from other genres would be very good as well. [more inside]
I'd love to find the text of a poem online, but my google-fu fails me [more inside]
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]
My wife's twenty-something cousin is plagiarizing poems via her Facebook page. We noticed. What next? [more inside]