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"Damnation, I've run out of air!"

Please help me find a poem/comic book story -- it takes place on Mars and ends with the line "Damnation, I've run out of air!" [more inside]
posted by breezeway on Feb 19, 2008 - 2 answers

Blake for the dense

I'm a person who is apparently too dense to understand poetry, but I'm looking for a collection of William Blake's work. [more inside]
posted by Jezztek on Dec 29, 2007 - 8 answers

Pre-WWII non-Japanese poetry that mentions Japan

I'm looking for pre-WWII non-Japanese poetry that mentions Japan. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Dec 21, 2007 - 5 answers

Name this (Burns?) poem?

Hello. Does anybody recall the title or the rest of this scrap of probably Robert Burns poetry? goes something like: "... nor duke that ye dined with yester'een. A crab louse is still but (or yet) a crab (or louse) tho' perched on the c*** of a (or o' a) queen." I would like to know for a friend who is writing a book on Scottish nationalism. Thanks!
posted by runincircles on Dec 20, 2007 - 8 answers

A poem about anger and ironing

Looking for a poem I read about a domestic frustration and a housewife snapping after toiling away in quiet desperation. [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt on Dec 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Poetry by email

Is there some place you can get a poem emailed to you each day? Sort of an email-based Writer's Almanac? And that won't spam you to death? And that won't send you schmaltzy syrupy crap?
posted by xmutex on Nov 25, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me find a poem

I'm looking for a poem, and it's NOT the road not taken. [more inside]
posted by skybolt on Nov 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Online poetry seminar?

Where can one take a graduate-level poetry seminar online? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity on Nov 18, 2007 - 2 answers

ID a book from a single passage?

Can you ID this book from my memory of a short passage? Man hits deer while hurrying to the birth of his son. [more inside]
posted by Leon on Nov 15, 2007 - 5 answers

Zoom Out, Literally?

Is there a name for the literary device used in this song? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch on Nov 14, 2007 - 9 answers

English translation of Latin passage from "The Pit and the Pendulum."

What is the english translation of the following latin passage derived from Edgar Allen Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum?" Impia tortorum longos hic turba furores Sanguinis innocui, non satiata, aluit. Sospite nunc patria, fracto nunc funeris antro, Mors ubi dira fuit vita salusque patent. [Quatrain composed for the gates of a market to he erected upon the site of the Jacobin Club House at Paris.] [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Nov 1, 2007 - 3 answers

Know any good poems?

Interested in English language poetry (classical or modern, romantic or political), what can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Oct 31, 2007 - 17 answers

Help me find this book of poems

Looking for an old book of poems, oldschool 70's perhaps, one author. [more inside]
posted by camdan on Oct 29, 2007 - 3 answers

Poetry about migraines / headaches / chronic pain ?

Poetry about migraines / headaches / chronic pain ? [more inside]
posted by onoclea on Oct 26, 2007 - 6 answers

What's that poem on "Slit of Cloud"?

Can anyone help me locate the poem that is read on By Akira Sakata on the DJ Krush album Jaku? (The track name is "Slit of Cloud") [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog on Oct 18, 2007 - 6 answers

There's pop in my poetry! There's poetry in my pop!

Help me find other artists who combine poetry and music in interesting ways? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze on Oct 11, 2007 - 31 answers

Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough

aaax / bbbx / cccy / dddy: Is there a particular name for the structure of the poem Slough, by John Betjeman?
posted by Aloysius Bear on Sep 27, 2007 - 2 answers

On the Coast of Coromandel / Where the early pumpkins blow...

I'm looking for a recording of Edward Lear's song The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Sep 21, 2007 - 3 answers

Lo, who said it?

Who first said "Lo, how the mighty have fallen"?
posted by ottereroticist on Sep 16, 2007 - 5 answers

Interesting poems related to foods or eating?

Interesting poems that A) are related to foods or eating in some way, B) would take less than two minutes to read out loud, and C) are in the public domain (or are otherwise available for non-commercial use without seeking permission)?
posted by sparrows on Sep 7, 2007 - 15 answers

Eleanor Farjeon's poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'........ in Dutch?

Where can I find Eleanor Farjeon's poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'........ in Dutch? [more inside]
posted by pootler on Aug 23, 2007 - 6 answers

Who wrote that poem?

"Scotland is / the petrified vomit / of a fish supper." Who wrote that little poem? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer on Aug 18, 2007 - 4 answers

What's going on in Brazilian poetry right now?

I want to know what the poets in Brazil are doing these days. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Aug 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Me upon my pony on my boat

Help me track down this poem by (I think) Derek Walcott. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Jul 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Ancient Dutch to English

Looking for accurate English translations of two poems written in ancient Dutch. [more inside]
posted by lhall on Jul 23, 2007 - 5 answers

I need a patron so I can quit making lattes

PatronFilter: I'm tired of working for Starbucks. I want to write full time. Help me construct a letter to the opulent to remind them of yesteryear when the arts were supported by benefactors. Help me convince the rich that paying for me to live comfortably will serve humanity. [more inside]
posted by Galen on Jul 20, 2007 - 35 answers

In which of W.S. Merwin's volumes of poetry did the poem "Paul" originally appear?

In which of W.S. Merwin's volumes of poetry did the poem "Paul" originally appear?
posted by RossWhite on Jul 16, 2007 - 1 answer

Help a writer feel at home in Chicago

The Writer's Chicago: Please help me get the most out of my month long stay in the windy city. [more inside]
posted by theantikitty on Jun 18, 2007 - 23 answers

Where did the contemporary 3 line stanza form of poetry originate?

Where did the contemporary 3 line stanza form of poetry originate? [example] [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jun 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Who is the best translator of Ranier Maria Rilke into English?

Which translator of Ranier Maria Rilke into English best balances literal translation with the "feel" of the poems in the original language?
posted by BartonFink on Jun 12, 2007 - 9 answers

Combining art forms

Could anybody suggest titles of books that are collections of prose (fiction)/poetry and photographs/drawings? Books along the lines of, say, Eduardo Galeano's "The Book of Embraces" which has short compositions about various topics and simple, yet pleasing, drawings. Thanks!
posted by hellhammer on Jun 8, 2007 - 8 answers

The Woodpecker

My eight year old wrote her latest poem, then asked about the subtleties of poetic punctuation (commas, periods, breaks ... and why such decisions are made... help! ). The poem is included, as of course ... [more inside]
posted by RMD on Jun 5, 2007 - 32 answers

only the moon has never abandoned me

Poems about moon. Know any good ones? [more inside]
posted by nixerman on May 31, 2007 - 28 answers

Raining, but What?

Poetry question: Can anyone identify a poem that says something like "it's not raining rain today"? I don't think it's the same as the lyrics to this song. [more inside]
posted by miss tea on May 19, 2007 - 5 answers

Is all vanity?

"All is vanity" is, among other things, a quote from the bible. I'm looking for a bit of Japanese poetry, however, in which I remember seeing that phrase. Anybody got a clue? My google-fu was not strong enough.
posted by BlackLeotardFront on May 15, 2007 - 4 answers

What is an appropriate modern love poem for a reading at a wedding?

I've been asked to give a reading at a friend's wedding, so I'm looking for a poem that would be appropriate. Ideally, it should be modern (written after 1900) and sweet, but not sexual, religious, schmaltzy, or emetic. Most suggestions online are variations of Maya Angelou's "Touched By An Angel". I found the previous two AskMe questions on this topic helpful, and I have some ideas, but I'm hoping to generate a few more. [more inside]
posted by painquale on May 14, 2007 - 20 answers

Poetry about Secrets, Hidden Places?

Poetry about secrets, hidden things, hiding places? [more inside]
posted by Staggering Jack on May 11, 2007 - 19 answers

How do you pronounce Yueh-Fu?

How do you pronounce Yueh-Fu in English? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on May 11, 2007 - 12 answers

Last night I had a dream my father died.

Can't remember a poem and it's driving me crazy. I think it's a sestina. Something about a father's dying. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on May 7, 2007 - 11 answers

How to teach e e cummings to middle schoolers

Poets and poetry enthusiasts: how to read aloud and analyze an e e cummings poem for middle schoolers? [more inside]
posted by AV on Apr 26, 2007 - 18 answers

Burn The Canon!

EnglishMajorFilter: Why can't I stand much of the canon? How can I learn to appreciate it? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 3, 2007 - 35 answers

What can I print poetry onto?

I would like to print out poetry onto something other than paper, with the intention of hanging it for display on a wall. [more inside]
posted by avoision on Mar 27, 2007 - 18 answers

Love Poem from Nepal

Please help me locate a poem or passage which one of Nepal's kings read to his bride on their wedding day. It would be available in English. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Feb 20, 2007 - 1 answer

Graphic novel in which protagonist wanders through hell quoting poetry?

I need the title and author of an alternative graphic novel in which a blank-eyed naked man wanders through hell speaking lines from Dante or another classic poetic text. [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder on Feb 20, 2007 - 7 answers

Have you seen this Hindi poem?

Where can I find the following Hindi poem: "Hawa hun hawa main basanti hawa hun, Suno baat meri anokhi hawa hun, Jidar chahati hun udar goomthi hun, Hawa hun hawa main basanti hawa hun." [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 on Feb 11, 2007 - 4 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

Book contest ideas?

What sort of online contest should I hold to give away a book of poetry? [more inside]
posted by steef on Feb 4, 2007 - 9 answers

Another question trying to find the name of a poem, possibly a very cheesy poem from my youth.

PoetryFilter: I (mis)remember a single line of a poem and Google isn't helping me. God (maybe? or some other speaker?) says, "Oh, best blade of grass!" And that's all I've got, and it's probably wrong. Any guesses?
posted by terceiro on Jan 23, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me locate this poem:- THE CONCEPTION

Poetry filter:- help me identify the author of this poem and maybe direct me to a volume containing it. The title (I think) is THE CONCEPTION... [more inside]
posted by mycapaciousbottega on Jan 22, 2007 - 8 answers

"These far away places with strange sounding names," wrote X...

“These far away places with strange-sounding names…” Where is that phrase from?! I have reason to believe it was first written by a romantic poet (possibly Tennyson, Browning, or Arnold) but I can’t beat the answer out of Google. Thanks to Google, I know that the line is used in a Bing Crosby song. But that’s definitely not the source I’m looking for.
posted by chickletworks on Jan 21, 2007 - 7 answers

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