Posts tagged: Poetry

All America is an Insane Asylum

Poet Ezra Pound said “All America is an insane asylum,” after being released from an American insane asylum in 1958.

Happy Birthday, Charles Bukowski

Writer Charles Bukowski was born in Germany on 16 August 1920. He was drunk by 17 August 1920.

Sylvia Plath Could Draw

Sylvia Plath was mostly known for her poems and her novel The Bell Jar. A recent exhibit at a London gallery reminds us she was also a fine artist.

Rita Dove on 20th Century Poetry

 Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer winner Rita Dove edited The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry. The Wall Street Journal talked to her about it.

A Strange Easter Poem for a Strange Easter Bunny

Dear strange Super Easter BunnyOutside the Ermenegildo Zegna,With your utility belt of Peeps and Astroturf,You seem slightly less than sunnyAnd slightly less than regnant,But no one can deny your gusto/verve.

Here’s a Bottle and an Honest Friend!

Robert Burns, beloved poet of Scotland, turns 251 today. As a Burns birthday salute, here’s the poem “A Bottle and Friend,” published when Burns was 28. The theme is one of his favorites: the simple pleasures of life. A Bottle and FriendThere’s nane that’s blest of human kind,But the cheerful and the gay, man,Fal, la, la, &c.Here’s a bottle and an honest friend!What wad ye wish for mair, man?Wha kens, before his life may end,