I once read a poem in a literature anthology which said that the smell of boiling cabbage in a crowded tenement conveys desperation. My impression is that the poem may have been written 1940-1960 by a well-known American author. Can someone provide a citation for the poem?
In high school (early-mid 90s), a textbook gave little two line ditties for various meters. I remember the one for anapestic tetrameter only:
I would like to be serious, but lo I cannot / Anapestic tetrameter makes the verse trotWhich book was this? (It might have been yellow.) Even better, what are the other poems?
Is there any value in writing out other people's work (by hand) as a method of improving one's own writing? In this case its poetry. [more inside]
Poem Identification: Villanelle with lines from a Supremes song [more inside]
I'm a middle school teacher working with kids who struggle academically and emotionally, and I'm gonna make them memorize a poem over the course of 6 months. What are some ass-kicking choices? "Jabberwocky" excites me, but I could use more. Ideas?
What are your favorite passages to read aloud to someone? [more inside]
I'm looking for a collection of modernist poetics by poets -- Pound, Crane, Stevens and such. [more inside]
Khasi poetry? [more inside]
Am I missing why this part of Kipling's 'If' represents an admirable quality? [more inside]
Dimly-remembered-poem-filter. Please hope me. [more inside]
Does anyone remember a particular poem that art critic Harold Rosenberg wrote? It began something like "The best something-or-other" and had a line about some feeling - surprise, perhaps - as light filled a room. Sorry for the immense vagueness. Thanks.
does anyone remember - in german - the rest of a short poem by ernst wichert that begins "wir wissen wann kommt der taifun..."? as i recall, it was about how one can tell a storm is coming because their neighbors, even before the storm comes, are losing their heads, and the expression, "losing their heads" means the same in german as "losing their roofs." thanks.
Seeking poem by Dorothy Parker. I've looked for decades and figure I am probably paraphrasing it, Google has failed me. details to follow [more inside]
What's a good poem to send to a friend getting married soon? [more inside]
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]
Which poets/volumes should I read to my newborn? Requirements inside. [more inside]
Help me find this Rilke poem? [more inside]
Is there anywhere online where I can commission a poem? I’d like to set a price, pick a topic, pick a format, and get a poem in return. Sort of a work-for-hire thing where I own the product. (If I ever did anything with it, I’d always give full credit to the author, but having to deal with royalties sort of defeats the point of commissioning the work.) I know there are places to do this with code (rentacoder) or products (ponoko) or even design and music (crowdspring and musikpitch*), but is there anything analogous for writers? [more inside]
Looking for a poem about Life in the form of a product review. More details that I remember about the poem below the fold. [more inside]
Where can I purchase Carlos Drummond de Andrade's poetry in Portuguese and English? Portuguese version is for a friend; English version is for me. [more inside]
QuotationFilter: "Serious over my cereal, I broke one morning my fast, with something-to-read-searching retina ... " [more inside]
Recommend a good anthology of Alexander Pope's works, or similar poetry? [more inside]
Is the poet Jane Hirshfield married/partnered?
And if you have managed to graduate from college / without ever having written "Man vs. Nature" / in a margin, perhaps now / is the time to take one step forward.
Poetry-filter: Who has written about writing in books? [more inside]
What's your favorite little-known poem? [more inside]
Poetry filter: I am looking for a relatively short (no longer than 10-12 lines) poem or excerpt of a poem (or especially lyrical piece of prose) that conveys the message: "When we are far apart, or fighting, or things are bad, remember that I love you/that we make each other happy." This is for a relationship that is serious but not committed, so please nothing that includes talk of being together forever or being the only one for someone.
What are some recommendations for poetry appropriate for a 3rd grade reading level? This can be either works by a single poet or anthologies. [more inside]
What poem am I thinking of? (Warning: woefully inadequate clues inside.) [more inside]
What's are some of your favorite slam poetry performances? [more inside]
I want to create a wiki for writing poetry but I don't have extra money to spend. What free wiki-hosting site will best serve my needs? More about what I need below the cut. [more inside]
Can you help me find this poem about faith? [more inside]
Help me find a non-cheesy short poem/quote/verse to put inside a Mother's Day card. [more inside]
It takes a certain mood to get into rallies of joy and nature and deep emotions; when one feels alienated, out-of-touch from everything the poets love, what then to read? [more inside]
What books or stories contain your favorite descriptions of dreams? [more inside]
Help me find short literature fit for my pre-bedtime read. [more inside]
asking-for-a-friend-filter: i need help coming up with a cute, safe-for-work poem, verse or rhyming couplet that can hang on the wall in the bathroom. [more inside]
Recommend literature/poetry set to (classical) music for my mix! [more inside]
Is there a website that offers a simple and free way to upload or even just paste basic text files (poetry), keep them organized and private, but allows me to give certain users access to it with a user name and password? [more inside]
What poetry is untranslatable? [more inside]
What French-language poets remind you of Pablo Neruda? [more inside]
When should I start looking to publish my poetry, and where should I publish? [more inside]
Celebrating a golden wedding anniversary next month - photobook in production - your favourite quotations, poetry and passages (in English, Welsh and French) please! [more inside]
Help me understand a poetry conundrum thrown up by the film The Good Shepherd. [more inside]
Where can I find English translations of Dada poems online? [more inside]
What happened to the wondering minstrels poetry database and how can I find a replacement? [more inside]
How to publish my poetry/illustrations? [more inside]
I want to inscribe a book of poetry with a short poem, one about new beginnings, new friendship, possibly new love - something romantic is fine, but I'd prefer something not overly sentimental. Any suggestions?
What was that poem Jim Carroll recited on the music videos by mail tape? [more inside]
Please recommend some witty poetry and/or prose in the same vein as Dorothy Parker and Wendy Cope!