Poetry Review: “The Clod and the Pebble” by William Blake

Thanksgiving is past. It is the first Sunday in Advent. The themes for today’s readings are light and hope. William Blake seems appropriate somehow. “The Clod and Pebble” is one of Blake’s more familiar poems. It also happens to be … Continue reading

Poetry Review: “Poetry” by Marianne Moore

If you approach Marianne Moore the same way as you approach most poets you will be quickly frustrated. Her poetry is more difficult, confounding, and requires more work than that of most poets, even other Modernists. She was a poetic experimenter, encyclopedist, … Continue reading

Poetry Review: “Flying by Night” by Ted Kooser

One of the truisms of American poetry is that some of the most original poetry written in the 20th Century was written by non-professional poets. That is, poets who had their primary careers in fields other than writing or teaching … Continue reading

Poetry Review: “Names of Horses” by Donald Hall

Donald Hall is, unfortunately, an under-appreciated poet. While his prose works like LifeWork and Ancient Glittering Eyes represent his greatest strengths as a writer, he remains a marvelous poet. “Names of Horses” is one of my favorite Hall poems. Here Hall remembers the history … Continue reading